LIFE LUPI-LYNX Project launches first camera trapping campaign

The LIFE LUPI-LYNX project is coordinated by Rewilding Portugal, with CESAM as a partner. The CESAM team includes researchers Rita Torres, the project leader at UA, Eduardo Ferreira, and João Carvalho (CESAM/DBIO). The main objective of the project is to create the socio-ecological conditions necessary for the recolonisation of the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) and the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) in a cross-border area south of the Douro River, enhancing the capacity for knowledge exchange in the assessment of damage prevention and detection of environmental crimes.

The fieldwork for this project began on May 20th and will continue until September, in the districts of Guarda and Castelo Branco. The CESAM team is responsible for monitoring wild ungulates, using camera trapping in the study areas. Project grant holders Filipa Peste and Ana Luísa Barros will install 36 cameras in each sampling area, where they will remain for at least a month. The data collected by the cameras will be subjected to various analytical approaches to determine the abundance and density of the ungulates.

(Text by: CESAM’s Communication, Promotion, and Dissemination Service)