Incorporating sources of uncertainty in large carnivore management and conservation in Romania
Project number: PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-0058
Contract number: 149/1.10.2015
Funding body: Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI)
Budget: 542743 RON
Viorel D. Popescu, principal investigator
Laurentiu Rozylowicz, senior researcher
Iosif Ruben, postdoctoral student
Iulia Miu, PhD student
Mihai Pop, PhD student
The debate around large carnivore management is often contentious, and the case of Romanian carnivores is no different. Romania harbors a large portion of the European large carnivore populations (brown bear, gray wolf and Eurasian lynx), and hunting is the primary form of management. However, monitoring techniques that can yield statistically powerful inferences on population trends, and account for uncertainty in predicting carnivore densities did not penetrate in Romanian carnivore management. The goal of this project is to evaluate the scientific basis of large carnivore management in Romania, and produce guidelines for improving management practices.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- evaluating large carnivore population estimates;
- examining the relation between hunting quotas and population growth rates;
- identifying predictors of human-carnivore conflicts and their mitigation.
By applying modern statistical techniques and ecological theory, this project will elevate the discussion around large carnivore management in Romania by providing the first scientific evaluation of hunting practices and existing census methods, propose novel techniques for large carnivore density estimation and monitoring, and identify predictors of human-carnivore conflict.
The project will also increase the scientific capacity and develop quantitative skills for young researchers to tackle difficult wildlife conservation issues in Romania.
Popescu V.D., Artelle K.A., Pop M.I., Manolache, S., Rozylowicz L. (2016), Assessing biological realism of wildlife population estimates in data-poor systems. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12660; Media coverage: PROTV News (interview broadcasted 30 Sep 2016), EpochTimes Romania
Pop M.I., Iosif R., Miu I., Rozylowicz L, Popescu V.D. (2018) Combining resource selection functions and home-range data to identify habitat conservation priorities for brown bears. Animal Conservation
Articles in review and preparation:
Iosif, I.,Pop, M.I. Brown bear den characteristics and landscape setting in the Eastern Carpathians – submitted to Ursus
, , Human-wildlife conflict: predicting livestock and crop damage in the Romanian Carpathians – submitted to European Journal of Wildlife Research
Popescu VD, Pop MI, Iosif R, Chiriac S, Miu I, Rozylowicz L. Combining Resource Selection Functions, Space Use, and Systematic Conservation Planning to Identify Conservation Priorities for Brown Bears in the Romanian Carpathians. The 24th Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque NM, USA, 23-27 September 2017 (http://www.twsconference.org/)
Iosif R, Pop MI, Miu I, Rozylowicz L, Popescu VD. Combining Resource Selection Functions, Space Use, and Systematic Conservation Planning to Identify Conservation Priorities for Brown Bears in the Romanian Carpathians. Biogeography of the Carpathians – The 2nd Interdisciplinary Symposium, Cluj-Napoca, 28-30 September 2017 (http://carpathians-biogeography2017.conference.ubbcluj.ro/)
Rozylowicz L, Nita A, Manolache S, Ciocanea C, Popescu VD. Reconsidering EU biogeographical regions – a network approach. 8th Biennial Conference of The International Biogeography Society, Tucson AZ, SUA, 9-13 January, 2017.
Iosif R, Pop MI, Chiriac S, Popescu VD. Seasonal habitat selection in relation with food-resource availability for brown bears in the Romanian Carpathians. International Zoological Congress of ‘Grigore Antipa’ Museum, Bucharest, November 2016 (www.czga.ro)
Pop MI, Popescu VD, Iosif R, Chiriac S, Sandu R, Furnas B. Combining sign surveys and home range data to estimate brown bear density in the Romanian Carpathians. International Zoological Congress of ‘Grigore Antipa’ Museum, Bucharest, November 2016 (www.czga.ro)
Iosif R, Popescu VD, Pop MI, Chiriac S, Sandu R, Furnas B. Combining sign surveys and home range data to estimate brown bear density in the Romanian Carpathians. The 23rd Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh NC, USA, 15-19 October 2016 (http://www.twsconference.org/)
Popescu VD, Artelle K, Pop MI, Manolache S, Rozylowicz L. Assessing biological realism of wildlife population estimates in data-poor systems. The 23rd Meeting of The Wildlife Society, Raleigh NC, USA, 15-19 October 2016 (http://www.twsconference.org/)
Pop MI, Popescu VD, Artelle K, Manolache S, Rozylowicz L. Assessing biological realism of brown bear population estimates in Romania. International Bear Association Conference, Anchorage, AK, USA, 12-16 June 2016 (https://goo.gl/4NahrG).