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Wolf trials in Sierra de la Culebra

 

The Wolf trials in Sierra de la Culebra were finally carried out the 28th of September, Volterra and Fundación Hombre y Naturaleza visited the Wolf centre. The trials were done together with the veterinary and the wolf management team of the centre.

The wolf centre has currently three packs of wolfs of 7, 2 and 5 members. The trials were carried out with two of this wolf packs the 7 and 2 members one. The one with 5 animals is a new family and the cubs were born last year so it was not recommended to do the trials with them.

A green beam laser was used to develop these trials and there were done with daylight around 11 am.  The results were not as expected, the animals did not react to the laser. The experts in wolf behaviour explained that it might be because it is hard for the animals to see the laser during the day. Despite the end of the project last month, Volterra will repeat the trials this winter during sunset to compare the behaviour of the animals because it is at this time of the day when the number of attacks increases. This will also might allow making the trials with the three wolf packs as the cubs will be older by then.

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Rehearsals with wolves in the Sierra de la Culebra

Rehearsals with the wolves in the Sierra de la Culebra were finally carried out on September 28, Volterra and the Man and Nature Foundation visited "El Centro del Lobo Ibérico" (Robledo de Sanabria). The tests were conducted together with the veterinarian and the wolf management team of the center.

The Wolf Center currently has three herds of 7-, 2-, and 5-member wolves. The rehearsals were carried out with two of these wolf herds, the 7-member and the 2-member herds. The herd of 5 is a new family and the puppies were born last year, so it was not recommended to do the tests with them.

A green beam laser was used to develop these tests and were done in daylight around 11am.  The results were not as expected, the animals did not react to the laser. Wolf behavior experts explained that it may be because it is difficult for animals to see the laser during the day. Even though the project ended last month, Volterra will repeat the tests this winter during sunset to compare animal behavior because it is at this time of day that the number of attacks increases. This will also allow testing with the three herds of wolves, as the puppies will be bigger by then.


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Wolf packs are growing and causing damages in the Peninsula. Farmers are getting highly concerned.

Wolf packs are growing and causing damages in the Peninsula. Farmers are getting highly concerned.

Wolf population is growing, around 340 wolf packs are now in freedom in Spain. This is good news for the recuperation of this specie from all the last centuries attacks; however, is causing important damages to livestock.

Only in this month (August), three news of attacks has appeared in the news, which supports the importance of the evaluation of the Laser Fence technology in wolf behaviour as a tool to decrease these attacks.

This again highlights the importance of the Last tow visits to Cantabria and Wolf center in Zamora, to continue understanding wolf behaviour.

Here is the link to the news: https://www.elcomercio.es/temas/generales/danos-del-lobo.html?ref=https:%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F


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Volterra and Fundacion Naturaleza y Hombre Visit Sierra de la Culebra Wolf center in Puebla de Sanabria, Zamora.

First visit to the Wolf Center in sierra de la Culebra.

Volterra together with Fundacion Naturaleza y Hombre went to visit the Wolf Center. A meeting with the team that manage the three wolf packs of the centre, was carried out. The Laser security requirements and previous experience with other mammal species were discussed.

Volterra and FNYH got to know the facilities and were able to see some of the wolves. Check out the video!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trials with the laser will be done soon and the results will be really interesting for the LIFE Laser Fence project