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Monitoring of wolves in Scandinavia

Liberg, Olof and Aronson, Åke and Sand, Håkan and Wabakken, Petter and Maartmann, Erling and Svensson, Linn and Åkesson, Mikael (2012). Monitoring of wolves in Scandinavia. Hystrix-Italian Journal Of Mammalogy. 23:1, 29-34
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4404/hystrix-23.1-4670

Abstract

The Scandinavian wolf population is jointly monitored by Norwegian and Swedish authorities. Monitoring is made annually. Wolves are classified in different categories. Family groups (>= 3 animals sharing a territory), territorial pairs, other stationary wolves, and vagrants. Also number of reproductions are determined each year, and has the highest priority as national management goals for the wolf population in both countries are expressed as number of reproducing units. Three methods are used in combination. Tracking on snow is the basic method. Around 100 field workers are employed full time or part time to find and follow tracks of wolves during the monitoring season Oct. 1 - Feb 28. The second method is DNA-analysis, mainly based on wolf scats collected during tracking. DNA-analysis help verifying reproductions, identifying newly established pairs, differentiating between neighboring territories and for identifying new immigrants from the Finnish/Russian population. The third method is radio telemetry. 10-20 wolves are equipped with GPS-collars each year, and used for determining of territory extents and differentiating between neighboring territories. All monitoring data are recorded in national databases, and compiled each year in an annual monitoring reports. Annual budget for large carnivore monitoring in the two countries combined in 2011 was approximately 5.8 million Euro, of which approximately 1.5 million was spent on wolves.

Authors/Creators:Liberg, Olof and Aronson, Åke and Sand, Håkan and Wabakken, Petter and Maartmann, Erling and Svensson, Linn and Åkesson, Mikael
Title:Monitoring of wolves in Scandinavia
Series/Journal:Hystrix-Italian Journal Of Mammalogy (1825-5272)
Year of publishing :2012
Volume:23
Number:1
Page range:29-34
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:Associazione Teriologica Italiana
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:Wildlife Damage Centre
ISSN:1825-5272
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L20 Animal ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Zoology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Agrovoc terms:monitoring, wolves, Scandinavia
Keywords:wolf, monitoring, Scandinavia, Norway, Sweden, snow tracking, DNA
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3814
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3814
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000320412900004
ID Code:13754
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:30 Nov 2016 11:45
Metadata Last Modified:30 Nov 2016 11:45

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