The applicability of camera trapping to estimate population density of chamois in Biokovo Nature Park

  • Šprem N
  • FABIJANIĆ N
  • PROTRKA K
  • et al.
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Abstract

Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra L.) with the Biokovo Nature Park is one of the largest and most stable populations of chamois in Croatia. Reintroduced in year 1964, and present estimated population size is estimated at 350 to 400 individuals. Estimating population size is very important and sometimes very expensive, since the animals are distributed across habitats. Therefore, our objective was use of sensor cameras to estimate population density and structure of chamois on the Biokovo Mountain. The study was conducted in summer 2011th year, with three sensor cameras in three different locations. The cameras have recorded a total of 1.003 JPEG images. During monitoring, we recorded 72 different individuals of chamois, of which there are 46 female and 26 male specimens. Daily dynamics of arriving was the highest in two periods, morning between 6 and 8 am, and in the evening between 6 and 8 pm. The results of sensor cameras can be considered valid, and are of extreme technical assistance for the better management and protection of animal species, because we have data on the structure of the population.

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Šprem, N., FABIJANIĆ, N., PROTRKA, K., POPOVIĆ, Z., BULIĆ, A., & ŠABIĆ, B. (2011). The applicability of camera trapping to estimate population density of chamois in Biokovo Nature Park. Journal of Central European Agriculture, 12(4), 576–577. https://doi.org/10.5513/jcea01/12.4.956

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