Wolf recovery and population dynamics in Western Poland, 2001-2012

  • Published source details Nowak S. & Mysłajek R.W. (2016) Wolf recovery and population dynamics in Western Poland, 2001-2012. Mammal Research, 61, 83-98.


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Prohibit or restrict hunting of a species

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Prohibit or restrict hunting of a species

    A study in 2001–2013 in a forest within an agricultural landscape across western Poland (Nowak & Mysłajek 2016) found that after hunting was prohibited, wolves Canis lupus increased in number. Fourteen years after hunting was banned, the wolf population (139 wolves) was higher than three years after the ban was introduced (7–9 wolves). After five years, the first cases of wolf reproduction in the study area were confirmed. Of the 28 wolf deaths recorded, 17 were caused by traffic and seven animals were killed illegally. Wolf field signs (tracks, droppings, scratch marks), camera-trapping and howling simulation surveys were used by trained personnel to locate territories. Mortality reports were collated and verified where possible. Surveys prioritised areas with wolf reports and areas identified as being the most suitable habitat.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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