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Grey Wolf Captured On Camera

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team.

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We have just two months to go now until we complete our 12-month project assessing large carnivore populations and biodiversity studies in the Csomad-Balvanyos region area in the Carpathians mountains. It has certainly been a very interesting 10 months. The first couple of month’s camera traps recorded bears and lynx, but it wasn’t until much later we had our first glimpse of a wolf (Canis lupus) on one of the camera traps.

 

Over the last few months Laci has been checking the cameras and if necessary moving them to better locations. As a result we have some fantastic footage of the most elusive of large carnivores living in Europe, the grey wolf. Romania is the European stronghold for the grey wolf. However, there seems to be huge discrepancies in the total population figures ranging from 2,000 to 4,000, the majority of which live in the Carpathian Mountains.

The wolf is an important part of the ecosystem helping to maintain the diverse composition and dynamics. The average pack size is thought to be between 3-6 individuals with territories ranging from 100 to 500 square kilometers. We know that wolves are present and hunting in the area, but do not know the size of the territory, whether they are present all the time or are just passing through a much larger territory. The camera traps have played a vital role in being able to get a glimpse of these elusive predators both during the day and at night. Until recently we have only ever captured one individual passing through the area during the autumn. The most recent footage taken during over winter shows three passing through the area together scent making as they go.

 

This footage is a fantastic achievement for all the hard work that has been put into the project by the team.

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My name is Victoria Hillman, I am a wildlife biologist and photographer. I have a BSc in Zoology with Marine Zoology, an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation and years of experience behind the lens photographing the natural world. Through my work I would like to challenge people's perceptions of the natural world, encouraging them to enjoy and conserve it. I am the Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing our research on the carnivore populations and biodiversity of Europe's last great wilderness.
  • Bea Vass

    Dear team, it is a fantastic footage and hope you get some more in the short time you got left in there. I am of Transylvanian origin, and I was always fascinated by the wildlife in there, my grandad used to be a hunter so we have got some introduction as well. One of my early memories is travelling to a little isolated village for a wedding with my parents, we got to go through the wild. It was an interesting journey, it was dark very dark at night and there were fallen trees in our way, and a pack of wolves following us.I remember them being large, running though the road, and in front of us, and this footage just confirmed their size. Good luck and best wishes

  • Bea Vass

    Dear team, it is a fantastic footage and hope you get some more in the short time you got left in there. I am of Transylvanian origin, and I was always fascinated by the wildlife in there, my grandad used to be a hunter so we have got some introduction as well. One of my early memories is travelling to a little isolated village for a wedding with my parents, we got to go through the wild. It was an interesting journey, it was dark very dark at night and there were fallen trees in our way, and a pack of wolves following us.I remember them being large, running though the road, and in front of us, and this footage just confirmed their size. Good luck and best wishes

  • Chuck Manning

    Great footage of our friends in the wild. But have you ever thought of doing a project of the life of a wolf that has humans as it’s pack? One that lives and interatcts everyday with humans. Goes anywhere we can go. Have you ever seen aNorth American Timber Wolf that can interact with the public on a daily basis? It’s like having a rock star asyour best friend. Think about it, then contact me.

  • Chuck Manning

    Great footage of our friends in the wild. But have you ever thought of doing a project of the life of a wolf that has humans as it’s pack? One that lives and interatcts everyday with humans. Goes anywhere we can go. Have you ever seen aNorth American Timber Wolf that can interact with the public on a daily basis? It’s like having a rock star asyour best friend. Think about it, then contact me.

  • estrella

    Solo espero que nos lo cazen luego!! APRENDAN A RESPETAR LA VIDA DE LOS ANIMALES!!!! DEJEN A ESTOS ANIMALITOS EN PAZ A USTEDES LES GUSTARIA QUE ALGUIEN LOS ACECHE PARA HACERLES DAÑO? YA BASTA DE TANTA MALDAD, ALGUN DÍA DIOS VA A TERMINAR CON TODO ESTO Y ÉL VA A TOMAR REVANCHA POR TODOS LOS ANIMALITOS Y TODO AQUEL QUE HACE MAL, JESUS ES EL CAMINO A LA VERDAD Y LA VIDA Y ALGÚN DIA EL VOLVERÁ Y TODO ESTO SE ACABARÁ ,LUEGO YA NO TENDRÁN NI COMO ARREPENTIRSE!

  • estrella

    Solo espero que nos lo cazen luego!! APRENDAN A RESPETAR LA VIDA DE LOS ANIMALES!!!! DEJEN A ESTOS ANIMALITOS EN PAZ A USTEDES LES GUSTARIA QUE ALGUIEN LOS ACECHE PARA HACERLES DAÑO? YA BASTA DE TANTA MALDAD, ALGUN DÍA DIOS VA A TERMINAR CON TODO ESTO Y ÉL VA A TOMAR REVANCHA POR TODOS LOS ANIMALITOS Y TODO AQUEL QUE HACE MAL, JESUS ES EL CAMINO A LA VERDAD Y LA VIDA Y ALGÚN DIA EL VOLVERÁ Y TODO ESTO SE ACABARÁ ,LUEGO YA NO TENDRÁN NI COMO ARREPENTIRSE!

  • estrella

    RESPETAN LA NATURALEZA Y LOS ANIMALES!!!!!!

  • estrella

    RESPETAN LA NATURALEZA Y LOS ANIMALES!!!!!!

  • Marcus

    I do not agree when they say “Europe’s last great wilderness”. In northern Sweden we have places like Sarek and many more that are huge and completely wild.

  • Marcus

    I do not agree when they say “Europe’s last great wilderness”. In northern Sweden we have places like Sarek and many more that are huge and completely wild.

  • Tudor

    Could you please post the video you captured of the lynx?

  • Tudor

    Could you please post the video you captured of the lynx?

  • Tony

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  • Tony

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  • Omri Meir

    Why is the wolf covering his pee? I thought only trained dogs do that

  • Omri Meir

    Why is the wolf covering his pee? I thought only trained dogs do that

  • rodi

    Gracias por darnos la oportunidad de ver esto ya q que soy de Transilvania pero años fuera del pais.son animales hermosos

  • rodi

    Gracias por darnos la oportunidad de ver esto ya q que soy de Transilvania pero años fuera del pais.son animales hermosos

  • melissawhipking

    They are so beautiful and I am glad some one is watching them because I thank they gets bad wrap

  • melissawhipking

    They are so beautiful and I am glad some one is watching them because I thank they gets bad wrap

  • Brendan King

    How long will it take to get rid of them?

  • Brendan King

    How long will it take to get rid of them?

  • Wigry National Park

    Here you can see wolves from Wigry National Park (Poland) also captured by camera traps: http://youtu.be/pcDBg97yW5M

  • Wigry National Park

    Here you can see wolves from Wigry National Park (Poland) also captured by camera traps: http://youtu.be/pcDBg97yW5M

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