Tuesday 23 August 2016

Brown Bear & Golden Jackal on the Karst

Brown Bear Ursus arctos, Slovenian Karst, 16th August 2016.
Golden Jackal Canis aureus (probable), Slovenian Karst, 10th August 2016.
Fox Vulpes vulpes, Slovenian Karst, 6th August 2016.
Badger Meles meles, Slovenian Karst, 17th August 2016.
Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus, Slovenian Karst, 10th August 2016.
Wild Boar Sus scrofa, Slovenian Karst, 13th August 2016.

The trail camera I have positioned on the Slovenian Karst, close to a woodland glade, produced quite interesting results in the last two weeks. Best of all was the apparition of a Brown Bear Ursus arctos and a probable Golden Jackal Canis aureus (the face is not clearly visible, so the ID remains 99% sure). Analysing the bear's pictures, there could be actually two of them (note the shiny eye, under the large bear) - but not yet sure about that. Bears are a regular presence on the Karst, although in small numbers and usually only passing by (especially in autumn). Jackals instead and are now expanding their range from the Balkans and their presence is recorded more regularly in these areas, although they still remain a quite rare species in Slovenia. It was also good to capture a mix of other woodland wildlife like Badger Meles meles, Wild Boar Sus scrofa ect. Hopefully more in the coming weeks!