Robin Rigg

Robin Rigg
Slovak Wildlife Society / University of Ljubljana

MSc

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Education
October 2018 - September 2021
University of Ljubljana
Field of study
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme of Biosciences
November 2001 - August 2004
University of Aberdeen
Field of study
  • Zoology
October 1991 - June 1994
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Natural Sciences

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Publications (41)
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1. Wildlife damage to human property threatens human–wildlife coexistence. Conflicts arising from wildlife damage in intensively managed landscapes often undermine conservation efforts, making damage mitigation and compensation of special concern for wildlife conservation. However, the mechanisms underlying the occurrence of damage and claims at la...
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The conservation of large carnivores is a formidable challenge for biodiversity conservation. Using a data set on the past and current status of brown bears (Ursus arctos), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), gray wolves (Canis lupus), and wolverines (Gulo gulo) in European countries, we show that roughly one-third of mainland Europe hosts at least one larg...
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Conflicts with human interests have reappeared following recovery of large carnivores in Europe. Public acceptance is higher than historically but there is a need to identify effective, acceptable techniques to facilitate coexistence. We present a case study of predation on livestock in Slovakia. Damage, mitigation measures and public opinion were...
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The grey wolf (Canis lupus) is one of the most challenging species to conserve in our modern and crowded world. Due to various factors, most European wolf populations are currently growing. In Hungary, numbers have increased since the 2000s. Although spontaneous recolonisation from Slovakia is considered to be the most likely mechanism by the major...
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Knowledge about breeding biology is often incomplete in species with complex reproductive strategies. The brown bear Ursus arctos is a polygamous seasonal breeder inhabiting a wide variety of habitats and environmental conditions. We compiled information about brown bear breeding season dates from 36 study areas across their distribution range in t...
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The increasing trend of large carnivore attacks on humans not only raises human safety concerns but may also undermine large carnivore conservation efforts. Although rare, attacks by brown bears Ursus arctos are also on the rise and, although several studies have addressed this issue at local scales, information is lacking on a worldwide scale. Her...
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The mitigation of the conflicts associated to livestock predation and agriculture damage is pivotal for the conservation of large carnivores in Europe. Aiming to identify the management strategies that more efficiently mitigate these conflicts, we made a critical review of the current policies to manage damage made by brown bears, lynx, wolves and...
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The Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx population in the Carpathian Mountains is considered to be one of the best preserved and largest in Europe and hence is a source for past and current reintroduction projects in central Europe. However, its status in Slovakia has been reported to the European Commission on the basis of hunters´ reports and expert estimate...
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Exchanging experience and finding solutions to problems facing the use of livestock guarding dogs (LGDs) in modern societies were among the goals of a meeting organized in Portugal from 20th to 21st October 2015 within the scope of the LIFE MedWolf Project (www.medwolf.eu). The meeting was attended by 16 specialists from around Europe (Portugal, Sp...
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The Carpathians are one of the strongholds of the large carnivore (LC) and large herbivore (LH) populations in Europe and form a cross-border bioregion. In spite of the importance and key-stone role of these species, their public reputation is contradictory, resulting in non-synchronised management among neighbouring countries based on databases an...
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Bears which gain access to anthropogenic food, including refuse, may become food-conditioned, causing deleterious effects on humans ranging from nuisance behavior through property damage to injury and death. There are also psychological aspects, such as anxiety or fear for property, health and safety, experienced by a greater number of people than...
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Shape files of current and historical distribution maps of large carnivore species in Europe. Also available from http://datadryad.org/resource/doi:10.5061/dryad.986mp
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The behaviour of Tatra chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica) during the rut was studied in the Belianske Tatry Mts., Slovakia. Observations were carried out on a total of 16 days between the 2nd of November and the 12th of December 2013, during which 35 animal hours were recorded using portable camcorders. The study focused on behavioural patterns...
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Populations of the European brown bear (Ursus arc-tos L.) differ substantially in size, degree of geographic isolation and level of genetic diversity. Present patterns result from phylogeographic processes and profound human intervention. We assessed the genetic variability of a subpopulation of brown bears near the periphery of their range in the...
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During spring 2004 an adult female brown bear (Ursus arctos) and her 3 cubs-of-the-year were observed outside their den on a south-facing low-alpine slope in central Norway. They remained near the den for 8-10 days and were. except for one day, observed daily by Totsas and other wardens of the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate. On 25 April, as the fami...
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Patterns of prevalence in communities of bacteria in free-living adult, juvenile, and feces of alpine accentors (Prunella collaris) were studied in the West Carpathian Mountains, Slovakia, in 2002–2003. A total of 27 species of bacteria belonging to 13 different genera were identified in cloacal and pharyngeal swabs taken from captured birds (n=30)...
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An increased incidence of human habituated and food−conditioned bears in Slovakia following population recovery has often been perceived by hunters and the general public as the result of an "over−population" of bears. A variety of common phenomena, e.g. sea− sonal congregations of bears in maize (Zea mays) fields or orchards, and less frequent eve...

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CDPnews is a professional newsletter focused on the complex challenges of coexistence between people and large carnivores. Published articles range from original research through reviews of best practice to personal perspectives. It aims to: 1) raise awareness of practical solutions to human-wildlife conflict; 2) facilitate collaboration among researchers, policy makers, managers, practitioners and stakeholders; 3) improve knowledge exchange between countries and disciplines. For more information, past issues and Guidelines for Authors visit: www.cdpnews.net
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To monitor the status of the wolf (Canis lupus), other carnivores and their prey in Slovakia by tracking, camera traps and non-invasive genetic analysis.