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Changes in large carnivore populations and impact of hunting (2020)
Leader: Jānis Ozoliņš
Start date: 1.1.2020
End date: 15.11.2020

Funding provider - The Hunting Development Fund.

Research Tasks:

Phase I (up to 15 July 2020):

  1. Analysis of material collected between 15 November 2019 and the start of phase 1 of the 2020 study.
  2. Collection of hunted wolf and lynx samples during phase 1 of the study.
  3. Processing and analysis of samples collected at sites of damage caused by predators.
  4. Comparison of hunting results with previous hunting seasons.
  5. Assessment of the effects of the 2019/2020 hunting season on the wolf population by tracking the progress of the number of animals hunted and enforcement of limits.
  6. Analysis of the dynamics of individuals under one year of age in the age structure of the population of hunted wolves.
  7. Analysis of wolf hunting load-related information and non-invasive distribution data.

Phase II (16 July to 15 November 2020):

  1. Harvesting material from the camped wolves.
  2. Processing and analysis of samples collected at sites of damage caused by predators.
  3. DNA analyses of samples collected during the 2019/2020 hunting season (300 samples).
  4. Assessment of the impact of the 2019/2020 hunting season on the lynx population by tracking the progress of the number of animals hunted and enforcement of limits.
  5. Analysis of the dynamics of individuals under one year of age in the age structure of the population of hunted lynx.
  6. Analysis of the results of parasitological studies of wolves and lynx.
  7. Analysis of the results of studies on wolf and lynx feeding.
  8. Analysis of combined data from hunting and non-invasive sample collection methods.

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