Nice post, Bertha!
It’s interesting you mentioned this, since Italy has more animal species than any other European country. Italy is home to 102 mammal species, 516 bird species, and 56213 species of invertebrates.
There are actually some real large mammals in Italy (Probably not the kind we’d want to run into by accident), like the Eurasian lynx. This one is very rare in Italy (compared to some other European countries).
There’s also the Italian wolf, but like the Eurasian lynx, there aren’t too many left in Italy.
Then we have the Marsican brown bear which is yet another endangered species. The brown bears can weigh up to 440 pounds. The bears are super shy and mostly just appear at night.
All in all, Italy seems to be home to some endangered species. I am not sure about the other animals, but the brown bears are endangered due to several reasons, especially poaching, poisoning, and less agriculture (less green for them, or areas where they can live and flourish)
Italy also has deer, and they look gorgeous, a bit like the fawns we have here in Upstate New York. They have what we call baby spots all over… Here in New York, only the babies have those. The males have huge antlers, they can be as big as 3.3 feet.