Title of the project
Estonian large carnivore sighting and track observations
To understand the current status and trends of large carnivore populations.
Bear, lynx and wolf site and track observations are reported by hunters to the Estonian Environment Agency, which analyses the data to separate them into different reproductive units.
Hunters also contribute by surveying transects to count wolf and lynx tracks in the snow.
Finally, biological samples are provided to researchers from each bear, lynx or wolf shot.
Protection status of the areas
|Species Caracteristics||Huntable species, Protected species, Threatened species|
|Species Type||Large carnivores|
|Name(s) of main species||brown bear - Ursus arctos
Eurasian lynx - Lynx lynx
grey wolf - Canis lupus
|Leading partners||volunteer hunters;
Estonian Environment Agency (http://www.eea.europa.eu/soer-2015/countries/estonia)