Monitoring wolf populations using howling points combined with sign survey transects

Llaneza, L, Ordiz, A, Palacios, V and Uzal, A ORCID: 0000-0001-6478-1895, 2005. Monitoring wolf populations using howling points combined with sign survey transects. Wildlife Biology in Practice, 1 (2), pp. 108-117. ISSN 1646-1509


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Wolves respond to simulated howling, especially during the mating and breeding seasons. Simulated howling points are, therefore, commonly used by many wolf researchers around the world to estimate pack numbers in a given area. A large amount of information is available on various pack breeding areas in Asturias, the only region in north-western Spain where the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus, Cabrera 1907) is not classed as a game species. Wolf research began there in the early 1980s. We present the results of the latest study on population status, conducted between July and November, 2001. Using sampling transects to detect wolf scat and scratch marks and designated howling and observation points, twenty one (21) wolf packs were definitely located, with two others considered ‘likely’. Nineteen (19) packs were detected using howling points (n=314). The results of this study show that simulated howling points and sampling transects are reliable and inexpensive way of detecting wolf packs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Wildlife Biology in Practice
Creators: Llaneza, L., Ordiz, A., Palacios, V. and Uzal, A.
Publisher: Portuguese Wildlife Society
Date: 2005
Volume: 1
Number: 2
ISSN: 1646-1509
Rights: © 2005 Portuguese Wildlife Society (Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem). Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Portugal License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:06
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:19

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