Dinaricum | Krucefix and carnivores
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Krucefix and carnivores

Cooperation of Krucefix brand and society Dinaricum

GIVE THEM ALL A CHANCE TO BE AND BECOME THE BEST CUSTOMER …

… of Krucefix liquors and you will have a chance to have a guided tour of Dinaric Mountains, go on bear watching trip or howl with wolves.

GIVE LYNX A SHOT

Lynx counts as the most endangered mammal in Slovenia with only about 15 – 20 animals left in the area. It already went extinct in the beginning of 20th century and was reintroduced to Dinaric Mountains in 1973. The reintroduction of only six animals from Slovakia was very successful as the population soon expanded to neighboring countries of Croatia, Bosnia, Austria and Italy. Since 1993, the species has enjoyed status of a completely protected species, but the population has been in decline since early 90’s. Inbreeding, poaching and fragmentation of habitat were the main drivers of declining population. Find more about lynx in Slovenia by browsing our website.

Krucefix is supporting our cause by contributing towards the purchase of photo traps used to monitor lynx.

HOWL FOR WOLVES

Wolves enjoy the least support of the three large carnivores living in Slovenia. In keeping their conservation status favorable, it is essential for people to have a more positive attitude towards them. Farmers and hunters often have negative attitudes towards wolves due to their depredation on livestock and game species. Sensationalistic media reports regarding wolf caused damages on livestock are one of the major threats for declining acceptance of wolves. Being a high conflict species, their conservation represents an even greater challenge. Educating people about wolves, hand out objective information about wolves (ecology, livestock damages) to the media is paramount to painting a less stylized picture of the “big bad wolf”. Wolf is a protected species and we can account of up to 50 animals. Find more about wolves in Slovenia here or by exploring our website.

One of the most cost effective ways to monitor the number of packs/wolf litters is to conduct a howling study in late summer. This activity is popular among volunteers who get involved in monitoring. Extra hands in the field not only help experts, it also raises awareness about wolf conservation. Part of remuneration from Krucefix will go towards covering material costs of howling surveys.

BEAR ME IN MIND

Bears are the largest and the most numerous of the three large carnivores sharing Slovenia forests. Bears are loved for their “cuteness”, whereas during their searches for food they can cause conflicts by visiting settlements, especially in areas where bears have been absent for decades. Occasional damages on livestock or property (bee hives) do not help their case. Efficient measures exists for reducing the numbers of bear attacks on livestock and property (using night enclosures for livestock, bear proof garbage bins), but their implementation is still lacking or slow. Experts estimate about 450 bears living in Slovenia with population density ranking among the highest documented in Europe. It is essential to help retain favorable bear numbers in Slovenia, not only to keep them as part of our natural heritage, but also because they represent the source for natural recolonization of the Alps. Find more about bears in Slovenia here.

Krucefix will help us finance a project promoting traditional ways of keeping livestock in alpine regions.

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