Large carnivore tracks

Cross-border monitoring of large carnivores in the Beskydy-Kysuce pilot area

Date: 12.02.2024

Mendel University in Brno, the Administration of the Kysuce Protected Landscape Area (Slovakia) together with the Administration of the Beskydy Protected Landscape Area (Czech Republic) and Friends of the Earth Czech Republic are preparing for the international cross-border monitoring of large carnivores (wolf, lynx, bear). For effective protection, it is important to know how abundant and healthy these populations are, and since animals move across borders, cooperation between countries is essential.

This is already the twentieth time that joint monitoring takes place in this area. This year is special because the mapping of large carnivore populations is being carried out under the LECA project. The cross-border monitoring event is part of LECA pilot activities in the Beskydy-Kysuce pilot area. This activity sets a good example of effective cooperation, work towards harmonising monitoring methods and intensive involvement of the general public in mapping of large carnivore presence. Volunteers together with experts will map over 2 000 kmĀ². Amazing!