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Title: Monitoring of Iberian wolf expansion in Sabugal: Malcata Region
Author: Silva, A. Pinto da
Advisor: Fonseca, Francisco Petrucci, 1953-
Keywords: Lobo ibérico
Malcata (Guarda, Portugal)
Iberian Wolf
Malcata Region (Portugal)
Wind farm
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Wind farm construction may cause an effect of repulse on the wildlife. Sabugal – Malcata region has a new wind farm in a zone where the situation of the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus, Cabrera 1907) is considered as precarious. In this context a monitoring project was begun to assess the impact of this infrastructure on the Iberian wolf population. Here are presented the results of eight months of monitoring and some information received during the project about the wolf presence in this region. Every month, signs of wolf presence were prospected in twelve transects in the wind farm adjacent area and fourteen inquires were done to people that can contact with this predator. In all the eight months only two scats were detected and two wolf tracks after a snowfall. The presence of wolves was referred in the inquires as constant before 1990. However, some recent livestock damages were reported. The Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) seems to be in expansion in this area, being reported in more than half of the inquires. This situation may reveal a new opportunity for settlement of dispersing wolves. The occurrence of the Iberian Wolf in Sabugal – Malcata region continues not to be confirmed, but the designation of probable presence is reinforced.
Description: Relatório de projecto no âmbito de Bolsa Universidade de Lisboa/Fundação Amadeu Dias (2008/2009)
Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Scholarship Fundação Amadeu Dias/Universidade de Lisboa
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