Wolf monitoring

Ilka und Gesa c KoernerPlenty of questions arise in the context of the wolves' return, most of them relating to their distribution: Are the wolves resident in this area? How many wolves are there? Where do the wolves come from? How large is their territory?

Wolf monitoring, the scientific collection of wolf data, is used to monitor the conservation status of the wolf population and consequently the number of animals as well as how their distribution develops. Furthermore, wolf monitoring provides information on the wolves' biology and way of life. Since direct observation of wolves is only possible on very rare occasions, it is mostly indirect evidence that provides meaningful data.

The LUPUS Institut für Wolfsmonitoring und -forschung in Deutschland (LUPUS – German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research in Germany) (Dipl.-Biol. Gesa Kluth and Dipl.-Biol. Ilka Reinhardt) has been in charge of performing these wolf monitoring activities on a scientific basis in the Free State of Saxony since 2002. The Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz (Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz) provides technical assistance as well as expertise and coordinates the activities on behalf of the Saxon State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture.

Specially trained persons from the district administrator's offices and the Sachsenforst state forest enterprise as well as people engaged in hunting, forest management and nature conservation support these activities to ensure monitoring of the whole area. It is also very welcome that every person who finds evidence of wolves in the region reports this to the competent organisation.

All information about wolves in Saxony that is provided by the contact office "Wolves in Saxony" is based on the results obtained from monitoring and research activities.

Please report all evidence of wolves to the LUPUS Institute for Wolf monitoring and research in Germany.

On the following pages you find further information about:

- What is wolf monitoring? What does it mean, is it needed, how is the implementation and evaluation?

- Monitoring methods

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