Oct
13
2011

Italian Research Sidebar: watch out for the cinghiale

Research isn't for the faint hearted.

I am living in the Marche, the region of Italy where the subject of my work, Giacomo Beltrami, spent the majority of his life. I am in a very remote area of Mount Conero Regional Park. Normally I'd like the seclusion, but I recently found out my neighbors are the cinghiale--the wild boar.
Wild boar of Italy
Wild boar of ItalyCourtesy wikemedia commons

These guys can grow up to 440 lbs, have tusks, and are the only animal hunted in the Mt. Conero area because they are an introduced species--and, you guessed it, they have over-run the region. They come to my yard and night and root around for acorns.

Stay tuned for other fun animal stories!

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