This year, Foundation Conservation Carpathia started a research and monitoring programme focused on the evaluation of large carnivore populations: Bear (Ursus arctos), Wolf (Canis lupus) and Lynx (Lynx lynx). The research covers also Leaota area and Wildland properties.
Our non-invasive genetic sampling will bring more precision in identification of individuals in comparison to the conventional direct counting of individuals and foot print inventory, as the standard method used in Romania until now.
The FCC’s field personnel bear scat and hair samples from August to November, which will now be analysed in the lab and DNA will be extracted. This is a very efficient method to count and identify individuals, determine gender, and evaluate genetic diversity and population structure. We are looking forward to the final results of the Bear populations evaluation.