Public Lecture - Dr Young - Snow Tracking of the Wolf, Bear and Lynx
Snow Tracking of Large Carnivores
Presented by Dr Christopher Young
One of the biggest challenges facing conservation is understanding the distributions and numbers of species. Knowing this information then allows us to implement the correct protection measures and allows us to monitor trends in populations. Although the wolf, lynx and bear are Europe’s largest predators they are extremely difficult to see, so by recording the field signs of these elusive animals we can build up a picture of what is happening and contribute to their protection in the wider landscape. Although there are different ways of doing this, snow tracking in particular gives us an excellent record of the kind of information that is needed.
Dr Young will outline the kinds of predator and prey evidence that can be seen in the field and which is collected by our BSc Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation second year students on their field course to Poland/Slovakia.
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