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Participate in large carnivore monitoring in the Western Carpathians

Participate in large carnivore monitoring in the Western Carpathians

Every year Friends of the Earth Czech Republic organize field monitoring of lynx and wolves in the mountains along the Czech-Slovakian border. Join the action, help with our field research and conservation efforts, learn about large mammals and their role in forest ecosystem... and meet people with similar interest!

Telemetry monitoring used to study a lynx in the Moravian Karst

Telemetry monitoring used to study a lynx in the Moravian Karst

Researchers from Mendel University in Brno successfully captured the lynx that has been known to inhabit the forests of Moravian Karst since last year. The male, named Kryštof, was tranquillized and fitted with a telemetry tracking collar. Kryštof suffered no harm during the process and shortly after midnight, he woke up and ran back into the forest. Telemetry tracking will provide zoologists with a unique opportunity to monitor the movements of the animal living outside of the species’ known range.

Hope for the Białowieża forest

Hope for the Białowieża forest

In the Białowieża forest, environmental campaigners are trying to save Europe’s largest remaining primeval forest, listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many rare plant and animal species. Last Sunday, Polish activists were joined by the first group of Czech campaigners supported by Friends of the Earth Czech Republic (Hnutí DUHA).

LYNX CONFIRMED IN THE MORAVIAN KARST

LYNX CONFIRMED IN THE MORAVIAN KARST

The Eurasian lynx, our largest wild cat, has been a new inhabitant of the Protected Landscape Area Moravian Karst at least since last September. It was directly observed and documented by the scientists from Mendel University in Brno Martin Duľa and Miroslav Kutal. It now appears that the lynx is permanently present in the Moravian Karst and the wider area of Drahany Highlands. The experts confirmed its presence by recording the animal's tracks during the joint monitoring. The conclusive evidence came from the camera trap installed near the killed prey.

Numbers of wolves in the Beskydy Mountains continue to stagnate

Numbers of wolves in the Beskydy Mountains continue to stagnate

A new study published in open-access journal PLOS ONE [1] explores factors behind the slow process of grey wolf recolonization in the Beskydy Mountains along the Czech-Slovak border. The area represents the edge of the wolf distribution in the Western Carpathians. Wolves, while legally hunted in Slovakia, are very rare in the Beskydy. Their absence contrasts with the more common occurrence of the Eurasian lynx, a species fully protected in both countries. Ungulate dynamics and wolf hunting in the core area in Slovakia appear to have a significant impact on wolf occurrence at the range margin.

A wolf hit by car on the D1 highway

A wolf hit by car on the D1 highway

At the beginning of March, a wolf died on the D1 highway connecting cities of Prague and Brno. It is justone of many wild animals that become victims of road traffic every year. The incident re-opens the question of wildlife-friendly road construction which would take into consideration the needs of wild animals to move freely through the landscape.

 

Wildcat – a new visitor of our camera traps in South Bohemia

Wildcat – a new visitor of our camera traps in South Bohemia

The camera traps installed by the Friends of the Earth CZ "Lynx Patrols" at the foothills of the Bohemian Forest range recorded two videos showing a small carnivore which looks remarkably like a wildcat. The appearance and behaviour of the animal correspond to those of a rare creature which vanished from our nature about two hundred years ago. Videos were recorded at the edge of the Šumava Protected Landscape Area. The new footage belongs to the list of fewer than ten records of wildcat in the modern history of the Czech Republic.

Launching the monitoring of large carnivores in Krušné hory: Will volunteers confirm the presence of wolves?

Launching the monitoring of large carnivores in Krušné hory: Will volunteers confirm the presence of wolves?

Camera traps in the Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) have recorded a dog-like animal, most likely a wolf. Friends of the Earth CZ (Hnutí DUHA Olomouc) helped by the volunteers of Wolf Patrols and in partnership with the state nature conservation agency are monitoring the wider area of Krušné hory since autumn 2016, searching for any occurrence signs of large carnivores, particularly wolves and the Eurasian lynx. The conservationists have just shared first camera trap images.

Victory for Norway's endangered wolves

Victory for Norway's endangered wolves

The Norwegian government has today refused a license to shoot 47 of Norway's 70 protected wolves, following an appeal and high-profile campaign from Friends of the Earth Norway. The announcement was made today by Vidar Helgesen, Norway's minister for climate and environment.

Romania bans trophy hunting of bears, wolves and wildcats

Romania bans trophy hunting of bears, wolves and wildcats

Supporters of large carnivores have a reason to celebrate. Romanian government announced on the 4th October that it will no longer allow hunting of large carnivores for “trophies”. According to experts, trophy hunting represents one of the major threats to European significant populations of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wildcats in Romania.

Modern history of the Eurasian lynx in the Bohemian Forest

Modern history of the Eurasian lynx in the Bohemian Forest

Nearly half a century ago, Bavarian and Czech conservationists began to contemplate the idea of returning the Eurasian lynx back to the ecosystem of the Bohemian Forest. Amid the discussions surrounding the establishment of national parks on both sides of the national border, a group of expert and amateur conservationists was formed with the aim to promote the return of endangered or locally extinct species including the Eurasian lynx.

Camera traps reveal wolf pups born in the Broumov area

Camera traps reveal wolf pups born in the Broumov area

Wolf pack that settled in the Broumov region in autumn 2015 welcomed at least two newborn pups this spring. Reproduction success was confirmed over the summer when Friends of the Earth field workers managed to record pack's howling and the pups appeared on the camera trap footage. This proves that there are at least four wolves now living in the Broumov area. The following video montage showing Broumov young wolves in play expands our current knowledge of the grey wolf distribution in the Czech Republic.

Make a donation and support large carnivore conservation

Make a donation and support large carnivore conservation

Support the unique project of protection of lynx, wolves and bears in the Beskydy Mountains. In past centuries these carnivores were exterminated and their return needs our help. Local group of Friends of the Earth Czech Republic realize conservation activities focused on field monitoring, education of stakeholders and prevention of poaching.

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