Dear Adoptive Parents,

With the new website design, we have got a possibility for regular updating of the site. Thus we would like to provide you with some current information on results of our tracking of Grapa and Halny pack wolves. Such short reports we are going to place on our website every month, in order to give you a better view of the situation of your favourite wolf packs.

Learn more about the wolf pack adoption project at the website of the Wolves and Humans Foundation.

November 28, 2008. Grapa pack territory

Last Sunday there was a first, but intense snow fall in our region. About 40-50 cm of fresh snow covered the Western Carpathian Mountains with a white blanket. Today, after several cloudy, snowy and windy days, the weather for snow tracking was excellent. Sunny but cold, with the temperature below zero and little freezing wind.

We started about 9 o’clock from our office in Twardorzeczka, and directed to Grapa pack territory. As the area had been not visited by humans, from the begining we had to use our snow shoes and treeking poles. Landscape around was extremely picturesque, and tracks of animals were everywhere: foxes, stone martens, squerriels, roe and reed deer, wild boars, even an awakened badger close to its set, and two feeding capercaillie, which are very rare and protected birds in our country. Finally, at a main ridge of the Magurka Radziechowska Mtn., about 1000 m a.s.l,  we have spoted a lone wolf track. It was a bit covered by snow, but from time to time details of the footprint were visible and alow us to recognize an adult male wolf. Following the track backwards we recorded several scent marking and one fresh scat, from which we took a genetic sample. After ten kilometers, the trail of wolf footprints led us to an abandoned resting place under a low branched spruce tree, located in a mixed spruce and beech wood. All the signs around suggested that the lone wolf spent there the whole period of snowing, and finaly left it two or three days ago. Within the whole mountain area that we have searched today, there were no evidences of other wolves from the Grapa pack. Hopefully we will be able to find them next time. We came back home after dusk.

 


       



Landscape of the Silesian Beskidy Mts.

Landscape of the Silesian Beskidy Mts.

Radziechowska meadow

Radziechowska meadow

Grapa pack territory

Grapa pack territory

Winter in the Grapa pack territory

Winter in the Grapa pack territory

Track of a lonley wolf from the Grapa pack

Track of a lonley wolf from the Grapa pack

Details of the wolf track

Details of the wolf track

Resting place of the wolf

Resting place of the wolf




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