Monitoring & Research

Underpinning all conservation work should be a robust understanding of where painted wolves live, the way they use the landscape and interact with other animals, and the threats they face.

Painted wolves are generally monitored using radio-tracking, although for poorly known populations, a baseline spoor survey may be necessary. Range and movement information can help to target anti-poaching efforts, identify priorities for habitat protection, as well as areas where conflict with local communities may arise.

Painted wolves are especially vulnerable to diseases such as rabies and canine distemper. Research and monitoring helps to understand the disease risk for a particular population and identify priorities for conservation.

Research contributes to understanding the relationship between painted wolves and their prey, as well as other predators, all of which have important implications for management and conservation action.

With so few painted wolves left, and with their habitat becoming increasingly fragmented, it is also critical to understand the genetic makeup of populations and their connectedness with others.