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ACTION C.1: Formation of two Anti-poison Dog Units (NCA)

The action provides the formation of two Anti-poison Dog Units (NCA in Italian) which will operate respectively in the Gran Sasso National park and in Aragon.

The two NCA will be trained in Andalusia (Spain), where the Junta de Andalucia, Consejería de Medio Ambiente, successfully uses since 2004 dogs trained to search for poison. Dogs are able to identify mouthfuls and poisoned corpses with any kind of poison, including carbamates and organophosphates, the two plant protection products which are responsible for most cases of wildlife poisoning.

The project provides that:

  • Andalusia provides the Gran Sasso National Park and Aragón a core group of five dogs for each one trained to search for poison;
  • trainers working in Andalusia carry out a training course for two conductors of the Gran Sasso National Park and two conductors of Aragon for a period of seven days. They will teach their colleagues how to train dogs in search of poison;
  • two Agents of the Junta de Andalucia carry out a training course for two Agents of the Italian State Forestry Corps - surveillance staff of the Gran Sasso National Park, and for two Agents of the Gobierno de Aragón, in order to get them to learn the techniques of field operations in synergy with the dog trainers.

 

Dog training from Anti-poison Dog Units

 

A Conductor of the Park (left) working with an Andalusian trainer.

 

An Andalusian operator while training a dog from the Anti-poison Dog Units.