'14 mln animals destroyed by forest fires'

Mammals, birds and reptiles 'decimated,' farmers say

'14 mln animals destroyed by forest fires'

(ANSA) - Rome, August 22 - Some 14 million animals have been destroyed by this year's forest fires, which are 74% up on 2011, farmers' association Coldiretti said Wednesday. "All kinds of mammals, birds and reptiles in Italian forests have been decimated, it said. Among the woods devastated are oak, beech, chestnut and Turkey oak, it said, while "precious" stocks of mushrooms and herbs have also gone up in smoke.

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