Golden Jackal Bio Acoustic Monitoring (BAM) was performed in West Polesie, near Bialowieza Forest and in Biebrza marshes during 1-4 of March 2015 period. To this survey participated Ucrainian Environmental Ecologist Dr Andriy-Taras Bashta, zoologist Dr Wieslaw Bogdanowicz from Poland and Environmental Ecologist MSc Ovidiu Banea from Romania, all members of GOJAGE (press release). Wigry National Park in NE Poland couldn´t be included in this survey. A new stage of Baltica 2015 will be scheduled for October and will include wetlands of Lithuania and NE Poland. We thank to Volodimir Zakharko, director of Shatsk National Park Ukraine and Dr Rafal Kowalczik, director of Mammal Research Institute (Bialowieza, Poland) for their help and collaboration. The report and more data about Baltica 2015 first stage could be find here.
Study sites during Baltica 2015, first stage
2015 GOJAGE AGENDA proposals
- Updating mailing list with participants of Serbian 1st Jackal Symposium. If you are not member yet, please send a brief presentation or your interests or CV to email@example.com ; No fees, no adiministrative structure, GOJAGE is just an informal group (See "About Us" chapter).
- "BALTICA 2015" Winter wildlife survey in Wigry National Park NE Poland, Bialowieza Forest, Jelgava District in Latvia, Matsalu National Park. This survey was scheduled, initially, during the end of January 2015. New possible dates 2-5 of April 2015.
- "MINOR 2015" Summer wildlife survey, NE Turkey, to be scheduled.
- Other congresses and broader projects
ECOSEMIOTICA 2014, 21-24th of June 2014, Danube Delta (RO), Kamchyia River & Strandja Mts (BG)
Data of Ilya Acosta Pankov, Nikolai Spassov, Ovidiu Banea
We recorded 9 territorial groups on 14 calling stations in Strandja Mts SE Bulgaria, Sinemorets
Photo: Ovidiu C. Banea (golden jackal female road killed, 24. 06. 2014 Zvegor, northern BG, between Shumen and Razgrad)
2014 GOJAGE AGENDA, proposals
- Biogeography of jackals, karyotype and mtDNA research project based on genetic analysis of specimens collected in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Estonia. Please contact Prof Dr Bogdanowicz or gojage(at)goldenjackal.eu if you want to participate with other samples
- Jackal survey in Bulgaria, PhD project: identify SPA and SCA for species ethology and social behaviour research in Bulgaria, Biol. Ilya F. Acosta Penkov and Prof Dr Nikolai Spassov, February 2014
- First International JACKAL Symposium SERBIA, Veliko Gradiste 13-16 Oct 2014
FIRST INTERNATIONAL JACKAL SYMPOSIUM in SERBIA
13-16 OCT 2014, Please fill out the declaration of intent to participate here
CLIMATE CHANGING AND THE GOLDEN JACKAL, NO SUPPORTIVE GLM DATA
BioModel is the first expert group in Ukraine on target application of Biotic Geo information Science achievements for purposes of biodiversity and agrobiodiversity modelling, forecast development, usage of IT- and GIS-based methods as well as statistics techniques, indicators, indices and RS data.
Prof Dr Vasyl Prydatko from Ukrainian Land and Resource Management Center (ULRMC) is Biodiversity modeling specialist in Kiev and Grygoriy Kolomytsev from Institute of Zoology of Ukraine is applicant of Ph.D, Post-graduate student of the Kyiv's University.
They worked on the topic of linkages between "indicator species distribution" and "climate change" pressures.
Both researchers, Prydatko and Kolomytsev are now GOJAGE members and meeting between GOJAGE and BioModel took place on 21th of September 2013. Several topics were discussed in Kiev, but most important conclusion was that at this moment no data support that jackal species could be categorized as "global climate changing indicator".
Jackal survey in wetlands of Ukraine, 18-24 September 2013 (here).
1) Suitable insight of jackal distribution in wetlands of Northern Black Sea Coast near Dnieper River and in NW Ukraine, West Polesia. Olbia 2013 Team (GOJAGE) proposed two fieldwork together with members of Ukrainian Environmental Authority and zoologists with the aim to find possible new territorial reproductive groups in Ukraine using bioacoustic monitoring technique.
2) Enforcing Wetland Mammal Specialists Network in Ukraine and Belarus and improve GOJAGE membership with members of Ukrainian and Belarusian zoologists and Environmental Ecologists, specialists and experts of large carnivores and medium sized carnivores typical to wetlands and jackal specific ecological systems.
Record in Ukraine *Central Podolia* and Belarus *monitoring of raptor birds*
are now members of GOJAGE. Jackal situation in Ukraine and possible sightings in SW Belarus will be discussed on the annual theriological workshop "Theriological School" during 30.09-5.10.2013 period in the Carpathian National Park, where will be present zoologists and Environmental Ecologists from Minsk and Kiev.
Zoologists and Environmental Ecologists or Naturalists from Turkey, Finland, Germany, Japan and the 8 countries where broader activities of GOJAGE already took place are integrating the independent group of jackal population ecology studies in Europe and abroad.
WEST 2013, WILDLIFE SURVEY IN WEST BELARUS
MINOR 2013 expedition to Artvin NE Turkey was delayed and another challenge is proposed for the same dates 18(19)-25(24) of September 2013: WEST 2013, Wildlife Survey in West Belarus and jackal´s ENA. This expedition will be organized by Ecology Department of NGO Crispus Sibiu Romania and the main objectives are to find jackal species signals near Tomasouka locality on Vigonoshchanskoe Lake surroundings in Brestkaya Voblasts, Belarus.
MINOR 2013, WILDLIFE AUTUMN SURVEY IN NE TURKEY (Asia Minor) DELAYED
Dates already established, if interested please Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Finally, on middle September we can organize one week survey, eco-trekking and data collection expedition in NE Turkey.
First Proposal to NE Turkey was made on September 2012, than we delayed it for Spring 2013, but we couldn't go due to some administrative limits of colleagues and to Baltica 2013, fieldwork in W Estonia. It was proposed a very hard Safari from Central Kayseri to Artvin but now we reformulated the travel and seems the best choise is Kars City, sited 210km from Artvin. Here we plan to visit two National Parks, where accommodation and entrance is allowed. As it is to late to get permises to do jackal survey from National Authorities and our colleagues from Kayseri couldn't do it in such o short period on this time we only focus on collect another kind of wildlife data. Large Carnivore, Vultures, jackals and if available Caracal caracal are the main species to follow in our journey.
2º INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM (internal discussions) ARTVIN (KARS), TURKEY 2013
“Study of the golden jackal populations. Bio-geography and Ecology”
-Romania Assumptions on relation between Jackal dispersion patterns and hunting as migration factor in Europe (Ovidiu Banea & Nicoleta Dinculescu)
-Greece Bio-acoustic survey as useful tool to determine distribution area and population density of jackals. Project and PhD thesis proposals in Greece (Giorgos Giannatos)
-Turkey Dispersal behaviour of carnivores in NE Turkey. Can we track jackal movements with camera trapping? (Hüseyin Ambarlı)
Colleagues from Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Estonia are invited to send free theme of jackal reports or personal works on jackal ecology. Data on competitive behaviour and habitat selection or human activity related to jackal density, presenting other factors which could determine jackal dynamic are very well received and published in e-Bulletin and the final report of MINOR 2013. The Colloquium has informal character between specialist and works could be presented in brief .pdf format or .ppt format. In case that GOJAGE Colloquium will be organized in space with slide projector, the .ppt could be explained by another member present to the meeting.
Yusufeli, Artvin Province
Summer Survey of Jackals’ Habitat in RAMSAR Units, SE Romania
On 7.01.2012 Dzedzich Newspaper published that Mr Karnatskevich Nicholas, hunted near Tomashovka, Brest region in West Belarus an individual of the golden jackal species. The news was presented on Belarusian TV channel CTV.BY on 6.01.2013. Report on this news here (by Crispus NGO Sibiu).
After Giorgos Giannatos, Environmental Ecologist, who introduced bio-acoustic stimulation to jackal studies in Europe in 2001, with lot of experience in jackal ecology, expressed on 9.04.2013 his opinion regarding Jackal recent observations in Estonia, Prof Dr Nikolai Spassov sent us now his opinion about the Estonian situation. While Luca Lapini, Ivana Selanec and Ovidiu Banea believe that jackals reached naturally Matsalu National Park Reserve in West Estonia, Giorgos Giannatos believes that jackal were introduced or they exist as allochtonous species.
The fact of discovery of a small group of jackals in Estonia is rather strange. This canid is not adapted to vast forests, cold winters and deep snow, which represent main obstacles for the existence of the jackal population in Europe and Central Asia. That’s why its dispersal till these northern latitudes seems abnormal from the point of view of the knowledge of the ecological requirements of the species. From the other hand we need to have in mind two circumstances: the extreme ability for adaptation of the high mammals as carnivores and especially the canids; the human factor (the creation of additional quantity of food resources, as well as road building which helps the invasion of impenetrable territories). The human factor is the cause of the extreme and unique, as it seems, jackal expansion in Europe during the last decades. The natural penetration of the Jackal in Estonia seems rather doubtful, but possibly it is not absolutely improbable as a consequence of the extreme growth of the population in the South-East of Europe and the existing impulses of dispersal in relation to this. On the other hand, I don’t believe in the subsistence of a jackal population in this northern country. If this is a natural colonization the attempt of survival in northern latitudes is condemned to failure... without an additional human help.
Regarding our note about genetics use in Canis genus phylogeny, Nikolai Spassov presented the following suplementary data on Canis lupaster taxonomy: It is possible that it is closer to wolves than to jackal, but its morphology demonstrates specific features, and I still believe that it is a separate species.
Related to DNA results, Dr Spassov reminded that the Canis lupaster species could have a common ancestor with the wolf but retains some plesiomorphic features.
The 2007 European Union lifted the golden jackal species status from Least Concern to Near Threatened.
About the legal status of the species in Europe. Interview on Radio Romania International (PDF in French). Redactor Teofilia Nistor, Emisiunea INFO TERRA. Original audio MP3 in Romanian
WHO IS LOOKING 2013
From the beginning of 2013 GOlden JAckal Informal Study Group in Europe GOJAGE www.goldenjackal.eu had 5799 visits of 1828 unic visitors from 87 countries. Here, only a part of statistics. Click on photo to enlarge it!
Small video material about Jackals in Matsalu National Park Reserve on Estonian TV, here, Jackals ate grapes
During 27-29th of March, an international team performed a wildlife survey,Baltica 2013, in western Estonia. The team included Biologist Peep Männil, Estonian Environment Information Center, Biologist Alex Lotman, Estonian Fund for Nature, Kaja Lotman Environmental Board Estonia, Liisi Laos, wildlife researcher, Kirbla, Lääne County and Ovidiu Banea, Environmental Ecologist, NGO Crispus Sibiu, Romania. The main purpose of this survey was to evaluate Matsalu National Park Reserve environment in winter conditions. During 2 days survey, the team analyzed the ecological network of those systems. At least 3 alive jackal individuals exist in Kasari Delta.
More info about Matsalu National Park Reserve and Baltica 2013, please contact Mrs Kaja Lotman, Keskkonnaameti Hiiu-Lääne-Saare regiooni juhataja, tel 524 7899, email@example.com
GOJAGE thanks to Environmental Board member and President of Europarc Nordic-Baltic Federation, Mrs. Kaja Lotman, Mr. Peep Mannil, Ms. Liisi Laos, Mr. Aleksei Lotman, Mr. Tonis Ulm, Mr. Andrus and all team from Matsalu National Park Reserve in Läänemaa, West Estonia.
First jackal alive photographed in Estonia, Juniperus scrub habitat, 58º Latitude N, Baltic Sea Coast, Altitude 0 m.
This young female belongs to a group of at least 3 individuals. Bio-acoustic stimulation and snow-track were positive for this territorial group (Photoreport here). Photo TONIS ULM 28.03.2013, Environmental Inspector Matsalu NP Reserve. Case report and brief considerations on jackal habitat specialist behavior here.
Efforts are done now to discover if a possible relation of Estonian jackals with those of Romania, Ukraine exists.
This cluster seems to be established since 2011: howling was reported for more than 2 years and 10 month year old female was killed at the end of February 2013. We have enough conditions (reproduction and existence for at least 2 years) to affirm that in Estonia exists at least one reproductive territorial group of golden jackal species (Canis aureus, L. 1758).
Now are done a lot of efforts to establish the biogeography of related phenomenon and categorize the species in Estonia, both theories being possible.
1) Natural colonization from Northern Coast of Azov Sea, Donetsk County, Ukraine using Dnieper (Ukraine) and Daugava (Belorussia and Latvia) River Catchments.
2) Intentionally introduced, 2-3 years ago.
Sketched by Ovidiu Banea (Base map: Wikipedia)
Zoologist Dr Luca Lapini (jackal ecosystem expert since 1981)
, Ivana Selanec and Ovidiu Banea, Environmental Ecologists, all of them members of Informal Study Group of Golden Jackal in Europe recognize that the first possibility may be the correct one. Of course, this hypothesis should be confirmed with genetic analysis collected from individuals from closest core areas to determine parental relations, and the demonstration of new records of species in wetlands in river basins of the Dnieper and Dvina Zapadnaya (Daugava) River Basins.
Other colleague, Giorgos Giannatos, Environmental Ecologist, who introduced bio-acoustic stimulation to jackal studies in Europe in 2001, with lot of experience in jackal ecology, expressed on 9.04.2013 his opinion: """Absolutely NOT possible. For several reasons
like: the huge distance, the harsh climate, the large boreal forest wilderness, the
paucity of food outside human
settlements, the sparse human population, the none presence of jackals north of Slovakia and many more - you name
it!! I believe those jackals in
Estonia are animals released by people. We don't know the components and all the details and I
think even the scientists from
Estonia they have no real clue on what happened. The case needs to be investigated and probably science could
help tracking the animals' origin."""
Genetics of Estonian specimen will be studied in Poland
We already sent 2 samples from south-eastern part of Romania (possible relation with Dobrogea and Danube Delta jackal population), 3 samples from western part of Romania (possible relation with Hungarian jackal population) and one sample of Estonian young female killed in Estonia to Prof. Wiesław Bogdanowicz, director of Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, to conduct an investigation on these samples and compare its DNA with samples in GenBank, a genetic database.
This kind of analysis are very useful to understand Phylogenetic tree, but also to understand biogeography of the species.
We ask with great persistence all hunting associations in Bielorussia, Ukraine, Latvia, Russia or zoological institutions, museums, if they have samples of biological tissue to contact the Institute of Zoology in Warsaw or GOJAGE E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, fellow biologists and researchers from Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biology, University of Oslo, Norway, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Biology Department, Science Faculty, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, National History Museum in Vienna to help us with GenBank.
Until now, the Egyptian jackal - Canis aureus lupaster - had been considered a rare sub-species of the golden jackal. The new evidence shows it is not a jackal at all, but a type of grey wolf. See below the open source article (Rueness et al, 2011) of African Wolf phylogeny.
Conclusions on Estonian jackal at the end of report (here).
1) GOJAGE Research Article. Joint all data collected during broader activities of GOJAGE 2012 in Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia and publish results after a multivariate analysis, especially for ecological factors responsible of new natural colonization of the species in Central and SE Europe.
2) MINOR 2013 NE Turkey wildlife survey proposal, delayed
3) International meeting, location and date will be scheduled for the 2nd Semester of 2013.
2º INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM (internal discussions) 2013
“Study of the golden jackal populations. European concerns”
CARPENUL 2012, Snow-track survey to evaluate wildlife in Tarnavelor Plateau, Transilvania ROMANIA. Here in Vurpar area, near Sibiu, a caducifolius forest and 600m altitude hills, where humans live together with wildlife, we wait for another canid, the golden jackal. It may be part of this ecological system and cross from Mures River basin to Olt River basin through this path of bears, lynx, wolves and their preys. We observed footprints perhaps belong to jackals, but until new sightings and observations we do not assume the jackal presence in the area. It will be very interesting to evaluate horizontal ecological network between jackals, foxes, lynx, wolves and night raptor birds and most important with small game as ungulates in two hunting terrains of the area and also near the villages or where sheppards and hunters reported damages. In the areas where habitats of wolves is overlapping with jackal´s habitat, misunderstanding of those damages is very easy to be reported. In Alba county and in Olt county, 80 km to north and 150 km to south from where we performed this survey, NGO Crispus, already identified jackals inside the Carpathians Arch and also on Southern slope in both Mures and Olt River basins.
In October 2012, researchers from Erciyes University contacted GOJAGE members and started their collaboration for a better knowledge and information disclosure of Turkish concerns regarding golden jackal species ecology. With this group of environmental ecologists and biologists in Turkey, GOJAGE extends its work range to 9 European countries.
Welcome to all colleagues from Turkey and have a nice, long and pleasant stay!
In only 15 days, since we met, GOJAGE enriched data from SE Europe and jackal specific ecological systems survey in some areas of NE Turkey is now a priority for 2013. A proposal of MINOR 2013 GOJAGE Jackal Ecological Systems SURVEY will be evaluated during following months.
Turkey (Türkiye) lies at the nexus of Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Turkey’s location, mountains, and its encirclement by three seas have resulted in high terrestrial, fresh water, and marine biodiversity. Most of Turkey’s land area is covered by one of three biodiversity hotspots (Caucasus, Irano-Anatolian, and Mediterranean). Of over 9000 known native vascular plant species, one third are endemic.
Turkey ranks 140th out of 163 countries in biodiversity and habitat conservation. Millennia of human activities have dramatically changed the original land and sea ecosystems of Anatolia, one of the earliest loci of human civilization. Nevertheless, the greatest threats to biodiversity have occurred since 1950, particularly in the past decade. Although Turkey’s total forest area increased by 5.9% since 1973, endemic-rich Mediterranean maquis, grasslands, coastal areas, wetlands, and rivers are disappearing, while overgrazing and rampant erosion degrade steppes and rangelands. The current ‘‘developmentalist obsession’’, particularly regarding water use, threatens to eliminate much of what remains, while forcing large-scale migration from rural areas to the cities. According to current plans, Turkey’s rivers and streams will be dammed with almost 4000 dams, diversions, and hydroelectric power plants for power, irrigation, and drinking water by 2023. Unchecked urbanization, dam construction, draining of wetlands, poaching, and excessive irrigation are the most widespread threats to biodiversity.
Hunting is by far the most common human-wildlife interaction across Turkey; hence the codiﬁcation of wildlife conservation and management under the Terrestrial Hunting Law.
Most of the largest carnivores have been extirpated while others are in decline. The fate of Turkey’s wildlife lies with various governmental bodies holding often conflicting agendas and handicapped by a lack of skilled personnel and funding. If Turkey’s current suite of laws can be strengthened, transparently enforced and corruption rooted out, the long-term survival of carnivore species throughout the Middle East will be enhanced.
The region of Asia Minor or Anatolia (today’s Turkey) is a natural bridge connectingEurope and Asia. This region was historically home to a divorce group of carnivoressuch as the Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), the Asiatic lion ( Panthera leo persica) gray wolf (Canis lupus),striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), brown bear (Ursusarctos), Anatolian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), caracal (Caracal caracal), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), golden jackal (Canis aureus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), European wildcat (Felis silvestris caucasica), pine marten (Martes martes) and other smaller mustelid species (Botas et al. 2002).
Jackal and Caracal in Turkey
The golden jackal (Canis aureus), the“coyote” of Turkey, an eight to eleven kg. canid with a widespread range stretching from eastern Africa to southern Asia (Ivory 1997). Jackals normally live as mated pairs in family units with young, often including grown young helpers from earlier litters (Ivory1997). They are opportunistic foragers with a varied diet, including berries, young ungulates, rodents, hares, ground-nesting birds, fish, insects and various small reptiles(Ivory 1997). No research has been conducted on the diet of golden jackals in the wilds of Turkey, but it perhaps includes the young of roe and red deer. On occasion, shepherds in the Kackars encounter jackals that take lambs from flocks (Colak 2002). These canids are still widespread in Asia Minor, but have no legal protection and are locally extirpated in many accessible locations.
A much rarer felid still calls Anatolia’s Black Sea and Taurus Ranges’ home. The caracal weighs between 11-20 kg, and has distinctive ears characterized by long tufts of black hair (Botas et al. 2002). The cat was once widespread throughout Anatolia, with records of the cat existing from the Aegean coastal mountains, the entire Taurus Range, eastern Anatolia and the Tokat area near the Black Sea (Botas et al. 2002). By 2002, the caracal was considered very rare and likely extirpated from most of these regions (Botaset al. 2002). The caracal is known to attack domestic sheep and goats, but its usual prey includes birds, hares, and small rodents such as voles (Botas et al. 2002; CSG Species Accounts1996). In the only study of this species conducted in the Middle East, twenty resident and transient caracals were found to utilize an irrigated agricultural area of 100 sq. km in Israel’s Negev Desert (CSG Species Accounts 1996). Such high local densities occur despite large overlapping home ranges of 57 to 221 sq. km (CSG Species Accounts1996). The species has official protection in Turkey under the Central Hunting Commission ( Botas et al. 2002).
KARAR Orman ve Su İşleri
Bakanlığından: 2012-2013 AV DÖNEMİ Decision
of Ministry of Forestry and Water
Affairs 2012-2013. Data provided by Prof Dr Coşkun TEZ, Erciyes
University, Kayseri, Oct 2012 (Click photo)
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