What Are the Native Animals of Italy?

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There are several species of wild native animals in Italy with low populations due to the long time presence of humans, but animals such as marmots, ermine, ibex, rabbits, a small number of bear, a few wolves, lynx, stoat, black grouse, golden eagles and fallow deer can still be found. Many of these animals are found in larger numbers in the Alps where there is less human interference.

Many of the animals are now protected under endangered species acts, but loss of habitat still remains a threat to many of them. Much of the sea life has been affected as well, but a number of coral and aquatic species have been seen returning to the area in limited numbers.