The Wolf Intelligencer

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Croatia – Republika Hrvatska

ECOREGIONS OF CROATIA

CROATIA

Dinaric Mountains mixed forests ecoregion (Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest biome) (Palearctic realm)

Arc D. Balkans Environment Outlook (DABEO). Proposal on the.

Illyrian deciduous forests ecoregion (Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub biome) & (Palearctic realm)

Cvitanović M, Blackburn GA, Jepsen MR. Characteristics and drivers of forest cover change in the post-socialist era in Croatia: evidence from a mixed-methods approach. Regional Environmental Change. 2016 Aug

Pannonian mixed forests ecoregion (temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome) (Palearctic realm)

Fekete G, Kiraly G, Molnár Z. Delineation of the Pannonian vegetation region. Community Ecology. 2016 Jan
The plant communities include mixed oak-hornbeam forests, mixed pedunculate and sessile oak forests, and other mixed forests as well as sub-Mediterranean thermophilous bitter oak forests, azonal floodplain vegetation, and lowland to montane herb-grass steppes.

Tyrrhenian-Adriatic sclerophyllous and mixed forests (Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub biome) (Palearctic realm)

Eric Dinerstein, David Olson, et al. (2017). An Ecoregion-Based Approach to Protecting Half the Terrestrial Realm, BioScience, Volume 67, Issue 6, June 2017

Wolves in National Parks, Forests and Reserves of Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatian: Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera, colloquially Plitvice,)
Risnjak National Park (Croatian: Nacionalni park Risnjak)
Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje (Croatian: Žumberačka gora, Slovene: Gorjanci, historic German name: Uskokengebirge)

Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Eurasion Wolf (Canis lupus lupus)
Vuk

Population Statistics
Statistika Stanovništvo

Legal Status; Full legal protection. Unchecked heavy poaching.
Pravni status;

Resources
Resursi
Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection
Ministarstvo zaštite okoliša i prirode

Organizations
Organizacije
Association for the Protection of Animals (Rijeka, Croatia)
Udruga Zastita Prirode Animalia
Velike Zvijeri Hrvotskoj

Croatian News Resources & Publications
Vijesti Resursi i publikacije
Hrvatski Radio Zagreb, Croatia)
Jutarnji Vijesti (Zagreb, Croatia)

LATEST CROATIAN NEWS
Najnovije vijesti
LATEST EUROPEAN NEWS

Wolf and Wildlife News from Croatia – Republika Hrvatska

Journal Articles

Attacks on hunting dogs: the case of wolf–dog interactions in Croatia. Bassi E, Pervan I, Ugarković D, Kavčić K, Maksan MT, Krofel M, Šprem N. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 2021 Feb

ABSTRACT

Gray wolf (Canis lupus) populations are expanding across Europe, which leads to an increase in their interactions with people and domestic animals, including dogs. Attacks on hunting dogs are becoming a major cause for conflicts between wolves and hunters in many countries, including Croatia, where this conflict has increased dramatically in recent years. To better understand the conflict and possible causes behind the attacks, we conducted a survey among Croatian hunters to investigate the trends and characteristics of the attacks. A total of 103 hunting dogs were reported as attacked by wolves in 2010–2018 with a significantly increasing trend. The attacks were fatal for 86% of the attacked dogs and among the dogs killed, 96% were at least partly consumed by the wolves. The most frequently attacked dogs were about 3 years old (47%), males (82%), and weighing 10–20 kg (62%) and belonged to scent hounds and related breeds. In respect to the breed, dogs were not attacked randomly, but we observed significant selection for tricolor hound, while Balkan hound, the Istrian hound, and the Posavina hound were avoided according to availability. Majority (64%) of dogs were killed during drive hunts on wild boar and highest frequency of attacks was recorded in the Split–Dalmatia County. More dogs were attacked in counties with more livestock and fewer wild prey, but correlations were not significant. Results suggest that wolves likely perceived dogs as potential prey and indicate some of the potential measures that could be used to mitigate the conflict.

“Plitvice Lakes National Park.” Assessment, IUCN Conservation Outlook. 2020

Wolf diet and prey selection in Croatia. Octenjak D, Pađen L, Šilić V, Reljić S, Vukičević TT, Kusak J. Mammal Research. 2020 Oct;

Wolf-dog hybridization in Croatia; J Kusak, E Fabbri, A Galov, T Gomerčić, H Arbanasić, R Caniglia, …Veterinarski arhiv 88 (3), 375 , June 2018

Analysis of grey wolf’s (Canis lupus L.) preferences to the habitat types (by NCH) in the Nature Park Biokovo. Gužvica G, Šver L. 13. HRVATSKI BIOLOŠKI KONGRES s međunarodnim sudjelovanjem. 2018 Jan

Extensive polymorphism and evidence of selection pressure on major histocompatibility complex DLA‐DRB1, DQA1 and DQB1 class II genes in Croatian grey wolves
H Arbanasić, Đ Huber, J Kusak, T Gomerčić, J Hrenović, A Galov
Tissue antigens 81 (1), 19-27, 2018

Comparison of fatty acid composition of subcutaneous adipose tissue of gray wolf (Canis lupus) and small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) in Croatia
S Ančić, NM Auguštin, L Vranković, I Delaš, J Kusak, D Konjević, S Reljić, …
7th International Congress “Veterinary science and profession” 2017

Fatty acid composition of different tissues of free-ranging gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Croatia; D Octenjak, L Vranković, I Delaš, J Kusak, S Reljić, Đ Huber, Z Stojević, …
7th International Congress “Veterinary science and profession” 2017

Piroplasmosis of grey wolf (Canis lupus) population in Croatia;D Huber, A Beck, V Benko, S Reljić, I Reil, J Kusak, V Mrljak, R Beck;The 34th Meeting of the ESVP and the 27th Meeting of the ECVP 2017

Protozoan and helminth parasite fauna of free-living Croatian wild wolves (Canis lupus) analyzed by scat collection. Hermosilla C, Kleinertz S, Silva LM, Hirzmann J, Huber D, Kusak J, Taubert A. Veterinary parasitology. 2017 Jan

Lipid composition of muscle tissue of gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Croatia; D Octenjak, N Mikinac, L Vranković, J Kusak, S Reljić, Đ Huber, Z Stojević, …;The 6th International Congress” Veterinary science and profession” 2016

Comparison of mitochondrial DNA of grey wolf (Canis lupus) and dog (Canis lupus familiaris) from Croatia; M Sindičić, T Gomerčić, A Galov, H Arbanasić, J Kusak, Đ Huber, …;10. hrvatski biološki kongres-10th Croatian Biological Congress, 2009

Home ranges, movements, and activity of wolves (Canis lupus) in the Dalmatian part of Dinarids, Croatia; J Kusak, AM Skrbinšek, D Huber; European Journal of Wildlife Research 51 (4), 254-262, 2006

High genetic variability of the grey wolf (Canis lupus L.) population from Croatia as revealed by mitochondrial DNA control region sequences
T Gomerčić, M Sindičić, A Galov, H Arbanasić, J Kusak, I Kocijan, …
Zoological studies 49 (6), 816-823, 2016

Genetic structure of expanding wolf (Canis lupus) populations in Italy and Croatia, and the early steps of the recolonization of the Eastern Alps
E Fabbri, R Caniglia, J Kusak, A Galov, T Gomerčić, H Arbanasić, …
Mammalian Biology-Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 79 (2), 138-148, 2014

A case of visceral leishmaniosis in a gray wolf (Canis lupus) from Croatia
A Beck, R Beck, J Kusak, A Gudan, F Martinković, B Artuković, …
Journal of wildlife diseases 44 (2), 451-456, 2008

Causes of wolf mortality in Croatia in the period 1986-2001.; Đ Huber, J Kusak, A Frković, G Gužvica, T Gomerčić; Veterinarski arhiv 72 (3), 131-139, 2002

The effects of traffic on large carnivore populations in Croatia; J Kusak, D Huber, A Frkovic; Biosphere conservation: for nature, wildlife, and humans 3 (1), 35-39, 2000

Mitochondrial DNA control region as a tool for species identification and distinction between wolves and dogs from Croatia; M Sindičić, T Gomerčić, A Galov, H Arbanasić, J Kusak, A Slavica, …; Veterinarski arhiv 81 (2), 249 1 January 2011

Trichinellosis in wolves from Croatia; R Beck, A Beck, J Kusak, Ž Mihaljević, S Lučinger, T Živičnjak, Đ Huber, …; Veterinary parasitology 159 (3-4), 308-311, 23 February 2009

Prevalence of dental pathology in wolves (Canis lupus L.) in Croatia-a case report; D Pavlović, T Gomerčić, G Gužvica, J Kusak, Đ Huber; Veterinarski arhiv 77 (3), 291-297, 1January 2007

Protozoan and helminth parasite fauna of free-living Croatian wild wolves (Canis lupus) analyzed by scat collection; C Hermosilla, S Kleinertz, LMR Silva, J Hirzmann, D Huber, J Kusak, …;Veterinary parasitology 233, 14-19, Nov 11 2016

Framework for strategic wind farm site prioritisation based on modelled wolf reproduction habitat in Croatia
G Passoni, JM Rowcliffe, A Whiteman, D Huber, J Kusak
European journal of wildlife research 63 (2), 38, April 2017

The prevalence and impact of Babesia canis and Theileria sp. in free-ranging grey wolf (Canis lupus) populations in Croatia;A Beck, D Huber, A Polkinghorne, AG Kurilj, V Benko, V Mrljak, S Reljić, ..;Parasites & vectors 10 (1), 168, 17 August 2016

Home ranges, movements, and activity of wolves (Canis lupus) in the Dalmatian part of Dinarids, Croatia. Kusak J, Skrbinšek AM, Huber D. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 2005 Dec

The prevalence of Trichinela britovi among different populations of wolves in Croatia
R Beck, J Kusak, A Marinculić, Đ Huber, A Beck, E Pozio, G Marucci
XIth International Conference on Trichinellosis 2004

Analyses of living conditions for wolves in Croatia; J Kusak; Veterinarski fakultet, Sveučilište u Zagrebu, 2002

Causes of wolf mortality in Croatia in the period 1986-2001. Huber Đ, Kusak J, Frković A, Gužvica G, Gomerčić T. Veterinarski arhiv. 2002 Jun

The effects of traffic on large carnivore populations in Croatia. Kusak J, Huber D, Frkovic A. Biosphere conservation: for nature, wildlife, and humans. 2000

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