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Title of the project

Monitoring of large carnivores

Description

to understand the current status and trends of large carnivore populations

Slovenian hunters routinely report all detected mortality of large carnivores, either from legal culls or other causes, which is then verified, measured and sampled by Slovenia Forest Service (SFS) personnel. Professional hunters in SFS hunting reserves, which cover a large proportion of the prime large carnivore habitat, have also been systematically recording all signs of large carnivore presence since 1999.

All data collection is done by either amateur or professional hunters.

Location

Country Slovenia
Level National

Starting date

1999

Habitat Types

Forest/Woodland, Scrub/Grassland , Wetland

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Emerald Network, Ramsar, Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, Hunting reserve, No protection status

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species
Species Type Large carnivores
Name(s) of main species Brown bear - Ursus arctos
Eurasian lynx - Lynx lynx
grey wolf - Canis lupus

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)

Partners

Leading partners Slovenian Forestry Service (http://www.zgs.si/eng/about_sfs/organization/slovenia_forest_service/index.html)
all amateur hunters

Weblinks

http://www.lcie.org/Blog/ArtMID/6987/ArticleID/74/Counting-phantoms-in-the-forest-The-role-of-hunters-in-monitoring-large-carnivores