Organisation of field operations
Monitoring operations (sessions of several consecutive days) follow on one from another over the course of the pastoral season and “current predation” on a selection of pilot sites (PUs).
These fieldwork sessions enabled:
- LGD behaviour monitoring : individual behaviour, relationships within the pack of dogs and behaviour in their environment; interviews with the livestock breeders who own them and the shepherds who use them.
- GPS monitoring of LGDs and flocks : analysis of night- and daytime animal movements.
- Monitoring of wolf-flock-LGD interactions : night-time viewing using infrared equipment - night-time hides close to where the flocks sleep.
- Reading of the contextual and circumstantial parameters : topography, weather, pastoral activity, etc.
- A collection of testimonies and experiences of partner livestock breeders and shepherds.
Rationale for the analysis
Close observation of pastoral systems and flock-protection plans provides information on the reality of wolf-flock-dog relationships and, in particular, enables analysis of LGD behaviour while working, and of wolves’ habits and behavioural responses.