• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
HOW DO IBERIAN WOLVES BEHAVE DURING THE BREEDING SEASON IN HIGHLY HUMAN-DOMINATED LANDSCAPES?
Study led by CIBIO-InBIO researchers, which can help Iberian wolf’s conservation in Portugal, was highlighted by Wilder.
 

In an article published by the prestigious journal Mammalian Biology, CIBIO-InBIO researchers, Helena Rio-Maior, Pedro Beja, Mónia Nakamura and Francisco Álvares concluded that breeding Iberian wolves (Canis lupus signatus) may be particularly susceptible to human activities occurring within 2 km of homesites.


The article, which has now attracted media attention, suggests that the most stringent restrictions used in Portugal to prevent negative impacts of human presence on wolf reproduction do cover the most sensitive period. However, they fall short of the area most heavily used by breeding females and, therefore, the most vulnerable area for wolves. It also reinforces that further research is needed to assess the ultimate effect of such disturbance on reproductive success and pup survival.


This study focused on Alto Minho region, where 11 wolves were followed through GPS telemetry for about five years and is part of a larger investigation that seeks to discover how the Iberian wolf behaves in humanized landscapes.

 


To know more about this topic, please follow the links below:
“Lobos do Alto Minho surpreendem biólogos que os acompanham há doze anos”  | Wilder | May 23, 2018 (Information available in Portuguese)

 

To access the original article, please click here.

Posted in 2018-05-28