The third roe deer capturing season in Slovenia started
After a successful previous season of roe deer captures on the Jelovica plateau and the data obtained from the animals telemetrically monitored so far, the project team is already preparing for the up-coming winter. Together with hunters from the Selca and Železniki hunting clubs, we have already visited their home terrain and selected potential locations for this year’s box traps. A well-considered choice of micro-locations for capturing is crucial for the success of attracting roe deer to the vicinity of the trap.
This season’s captures will attempt to replace those monitored animals from which we are no longer receiving telemetry data (either due to collar malfunction or predation by large carnivores). Telemetrical monitoring of roe deer has already provided interesting insights into their spatial behaviour and seasonal home ranges, and the new data will also provide larger sample for statistical data processing.
Box traps are also equipped with automatic cameras to monitor the process of attracting roe deer, so there are always warning notices with additional information in the surrounding area.