The Wolf Intelligencer


European Brown Hares (Lepus europaeus)

Who is who? High Resolution Melting analysis to discern between hare species using non‑invasive sampling. Buglione M, Petrelli S, Notomista T, de Filippo G, Gregorio R, Fulgione D. CONSERVATION GENETICS RESOURCES. 2020 May
(“Here, we set up non-invasive molecular method to discern between the Italian hare (Lepus corsicanus) and the European hare (Lepus europaeus) using High Resolution Melting assay on fecal DNA, for the first time on these species. The Italian hare is endemic of the Central-Southern Italy and Sicily and it is classified vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.”)

Density Estimates and Habitat Preferences of the European Hare (Lepus europaeus) on Mountainous Areas in Italy. Lorenzo N, Ilaria G, Marco F, Marco Z. Mammal Study. 2020 Apr
(Appenines, Italy “One protected area and two hunting areas were surveyed between June and August 2017, with 117 plots randomly checked for faecal pellets. The estimated density on mountainous territories ranged from 16 to 23 individuals/km2, which resulted high for a non-favourable environment. Land cover was the most important predictor in the model, with arable lands and areas with sparse vegetation as the preferred land use. Habitat selection drove the altitudinal distribution of the hare, with high elevations preferred over lower altitude.”)


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