Genetic analysis of the wolf from Bieszczady Mts

2018-07-04 | Genetic analysis of the wolf from Bieszczady Mts

Conservation Genetics Group (CGG) of the Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology at the Faculty of Biology University of Warsaw carried out genetic analyses of the wolf, which in June bit three people in the Bieszczady Mountains (SE Poland). Scientists applied genetic fingerprinting based on 13 autosomal microsatellite loci. To determine the origin of the wolf and the possibility of hybridization with dogs, a genotype of the wolf was compared with the database of genotypes of wild wolves, dogs and wolf-dog hybrids, which were previously analyzed in the CGG laboratory. The results of the study showed that the animal that attacked people in the Bieszczady Mountains is a wolf (no genetic evidence of hybridization with dogs in the last two generations). Kinship analysis showed that this wolf belongs to the local population inhabiting Eastern Carpathians. Video footages and photos of the wolf body and behavior were recorded and also thoroughly analyzed. Specialists agree that the wolf showed extremely unusual behavior for wild wolves, which may indicate his earlier regular interactions with people. It should be determined whether this wolf was kept in the captivity, for example in a pen with hard surface (which may suggest the advanced claws clash) and recently escaped or was intentionally released, or was fed by people in numerous in the Eastern Carpathians baiting places for large carnivores (which would explain the search for food waste in the neighborhood of people).

Wolf bit people in Bieszczady Mountains

2018-06-26 | Wolf bit people in Bieszczady Mountains

In the Bieszczady Mts., the eastern-most part of Polish Carpathians, about 8 km from Slovakia and Ukraine borders, a lone wolf bit two 8 and 10 years old kids at June 26th. All injures were very slight, so children went home from a hospital after few hours. The wolf was shoot the same evening. Two weeks earlier the same wolf bit, also very slightly, a woman in a leg on a camping place. She received proper treatment in the hospital and soon went back home. The permission for culling was immediately issued that time by the General Director for Environmental Protection. Unfortunately the hunters responsible for killing were not able to find him immediately. The behaviour of the wolf was very unusual – he was fearless and often visited human settlements searching for food around a village called Wetlina. Local people and tourists reported that he was were interested in backyards of small bars serving fried sausages, fish and chips. Association for Nature “Wolf” was involved in the case from the very beginning, advised and co-operated with the General Directorate for Environmental Protection, the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Rzeszów, the Bieszczady Mts. National Park, local media and local communities. Now the wolf is examined by veterinarians, including necropsy, tests for rabies and other diseases. Genetic analyses, to check origin of the wolf and possible hybridization, will be performed at the Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology Faculty of Biology University of Warsaw.

Lecture in Babia Góra National Park

2018-06-25 | Lecture in Babia Góra National Park

Our team - Sabina Nowak, Robert Mysłajek and Michał Figura - conducted training focused on methods of wolf and lynx monitoring for staff of the Babia Góra National Park. This national park is situated in western part of Polish Carpathian Mountains just at the state border with Slovakia.

Lecture about lynx

2018-06-18 | Lecture about lynx

Dr. Robert Mysłajek performed a talk about lynx ecology and conservation in Staszic Palace in Warsaw. Lecture was organized as a part of regular meetings of the Festival of Science.

Polish-German wolf workshop

2018-06-15 | Polish-German wolf workshop

Association for Nature "Wolf" together with International Fund for Animal Welfere organized Polish-German wolf workshop focused on the wolf monitoring. Workshop took place on May 13-15 in the National Park "Warta Mouth" and neighbouring forests in Western Pomeranian Voiwodship. Event was attended by people involved in the wolf conservation and monitoring in Brandenburg Land in Germany. During first day trainig participants lisened to lectures given by Dr. Sabina Nowak (AfN "Wolf"), Dr. Robert Mysłajek (AfN "Wolf" and University of Warsaw), and Marcin Matysek (NP "Warta Mouth"), and then visited national park to see wolf habitats. Second day was dedicated to field training. Dr. Małgorzata Dalke-Świderska and Lech Jędras from State Forest Division in Dębno shared their experiences with wolf monitoring, than participants searched for wolf tracks and scats in local forests.

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