Abundance and population trends of wolf in Croatia in 2006

The data compiled and processed for 2006 show that the wolf population ranged from 180 to 240 individuals, for an average of 210 individuals distributed in just over forty packs. The largest number of individuals was estimated in the area of Split-Dalmatia County, approximately 60 animals, while the fewest were recorded in Istria County and Dubrovnik-Neretva County, with fewer than 10 individuals each. The most prominent changes in 2006 compared to the year before were the appearance of wolves in Sisak-Moslavina County, which lies at the very edge of the wolf areal, and where wolf appearances in previous years were only sporadic, and in Istria County, where wolves are now found due to the spread into new habitats in the area of the Republic of Slovenia (Desnica and Štrbenac, 2006).

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