As part of our work to estimate the distribution and abundance of carnivore and prey species, our rangers, along with the County Gendarmerie and rangers from Apuseni Nature Park carried out snow-tracking surveys between January and March 2015.

Snow-tracking surveys were carried out in the following Natura 2000 sites: Zarandul de Est, Codru Moma, Coridorul Drocea-Codru Moma, Munții Bihor and Apuseni.

Line transects were placed randomly along ridges and valleys within survey squares, which were distributed across the project area, such that 4km of transects were surveyed in each square.

Despite challenging conditions for snow-tracking, in the fact that areas of lower altitude had limited snowfall this year, the teams were able to survey 630 km of transects, recording 3,549 signs of wildlife, including wolf, bear, wild cat, lynx, deer species and wild boar.