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In Romania, the project has been carried out in areas that cover all the existing situations in local large carnivore management:

  • Herculian ROSCI0091– a Natura 2000 site for large carnivores;
  • Dalnic – an hilly area with high densities of large carnivores and significant livestock grazing activities;
  • Sacele – a large carnivore typical mountain area partially included in two Natura 2000 sites: ROSCI0038 Ciucas and ROSCI0195 Piatra Mare.
Within these project areas are acting all types of game units administrators from Romania: hunters associations (Brasov Hunters Association), state forest offices (ROMSILVA Covasna) and universities/research institutions (Transilvania University of Brasov).
The project activities were focused on:
  • Assessment of the damage caused by carnivores on livestock, and implementation of long term monitoring strategies;
  • prevention of damages (livestock guarding dogs, promotion of best practices);
  • damages prevention and monitoring strategy as a model for Romania;
  • monitoring protocols for large carnivores and prey species;
  • improving conditions for large carnivores and prey species management (poaching control, feeding conditions);
  • implementation of BET – Bear Emergency Team – national group of specialists that work for reduction of bear – human incidents and implement prevention methods;
  • enhancing the cooperation between different interest groups: livestock breeders and livestock guarding dogs breeders, hunters and conservations, local and national authorities, NGOs and nature conservation authorities, support the national working group for large carnivores;
  • information and experience exchanges: field trips on national and international level, trainings of the main actors, editing and distribution of best practices manuals;
  • raising public awareness regarding the coexistence issues in Romania, problems and solutions for improving the existing situation.
Credits: George Predoiu

 

Credits: George Predoiu

 

Credits: George Predoiu

 

Credits: George Predoiu