The numbers of griffon vultures present in the skies over Sardinia has risen from 100 in 2015 to, currently, 270, mainly because farmers have created fenced in ‘restaurants’ for the vultures by placing the carcasses of dead livestock within fenced areas on the edge of their farms.
The carcasses are drug-free and the fences stop wild boar and dogs feeding on the carcasses.
Wild boar and eat crops and dogs tend to pick up a parasite from sheep which they pass on to people.
The concept of carrion cafés as they are called and as practised in France and Spain has proved highly effective. The farmer like the vultures because they can get rid of their dead livestock without having to pay for it to be transported to an incinerator.