SVIBOR - Project code: 1-08-078


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Project code: 1-08-078

Study of brown bears and wolves in Croatia

Main researcher: HUBER, ĐURO (62925)

Type of research: applied
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 01/01/96.

Papers on project (total): 72
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 6
Institution name: Veterinarski fakultet, Zagreb (53)
Department/Institute: Biology Department
Address: Heinzelova 55
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
E-mail: huber&
Phone: 385 (0)1-2390-141
Fax: 385 (0)1-214-697

Summary: Brown bears and wolves are species which are disappearing in Europe, mostly due to the loss of habitat. Hence, the relatively stable populations in Croatia are of international importance. Economic development and the use of natural resources should be directed in the way which will not threaten the survival of bears and wolves. This project is studing various aspects of their biology and habitat requirements. The main objective is to gather data which can provide a timely warning about habitat and/or population changes that may threaten these species. The methods used include: radio-telemetry, sample analysis (blood, hair, smears, tooth, faeces, food), morphometry, questionnaire, GIS and habitat monitoring.

Keywords: European brown bear, Ursus arctos, wolf, Canis lupus, habitat, protection, population characteristics, Croatia, ecology, morphometry, home range and movements, endagered species

Research goals: Specific objectives are to acquire data on: 1. home range use bybrown bears and wolves, 2. biological characteristics (foodhabits, reproduction, mortality, populations trend, ethology), 3.morphology (body, sceleton, blood), 4. biochemistry (serum,histochemistry), 5. pathology, and 6. genetic relations ofpopulations. General objective is the aquisition of dataneccessary for understanding of ecological rules on which depends the of survival of brown bear and wolf populations in Croatia. The goal is to find out the strategy oflong term measures for protection of gene pool and optimal habitat management.


  1. Name of project: Brown Bear in Croatia
    Name of institution: European Natural Heritage Fund
    City: D-7760 - Radolfzell, Germany

  2. Name of project: Study of bears in Croatia
    Name of institution: International Bear Association
    City: International Assoc.


  1. Name of institution: Hrvatske šume - Šumska uprava Delnice
    Type of institution: State institute
    City: 51300 - Delnice, HR

  2. Name of institution: Nacionalni park Risnjak
    Type of institution: Institution whose primary activities ar
    City: 51317 - Crni lug, HR


  1. Name: "TUNEL DEDIN - važnost koridora za krupnu divljač (Stručni nalaz i mišljenje)" (5 str.) i "Mišljenje o idejnom riješenju prijelaza za divljač kod Dedina" (4 str.)
    Type of achievement: Studies of conduct
    Authors: Đuro Huber

  2. Name: Obrazloženi prijedlog za proglašavanje vuka u Hrvatskoj zakonski zaštićenom vrstom (10 str.)
    Type of achievement: Other
    Authors: Đuro Huber, Alojzije Frković, Željko Štahan

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Last update: 10/10/95