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Tehrān, Iran

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Tehrān, Iran
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Marashi M.,Wildlife Bureau | Qashqaei A.T.,Plan for the Land Society | Nejat F.,Shahid Beheshti University
Zoology and Ecology | Year: 2017

We documented a number of brown bear Ursus arctos kills in rail and road accidents, for property protection and for control of bear-inflicted damage. The data were collected by interviewing local people and from the field surveys conducted in the Savadkuh County located in the north of Iran during the spring of 2015. Three bears were killed, i.e. were shot dead or killed in rail and road accidents. During the first commercial harvesting in the area, the financial loss through bear-inflicted damage to orchard trees, fences, and drip irrigation network was estimated at over 17600 €. The bear is listed as a protected species by the Iranian Department of the Environment and this critical state is a great challenge to bear conservation in the area. © 2017 Nature Research Centre.

Ghadirian T.,Heritage Foundation | Qashqaei A.T.,Plan for the Land Society | Soofi M.,University of Gottingen | Abolghasemi H.,Heritage Foundation | Ghoddousi A.,Humboldt University of Berlin
Ursus | Year: 2017

We opportunistically collected and analyzed 80 scats of the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus) from den entrances and other areas at 2 sites within Hormozgan Province, Iran, from March 2010 to February 2011. We identified 27 food items dominated by cultivated date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) fruit, oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis), and Christ's thorn jujube (Ziziphus spina-christi) fruit with frequency of occurrence 55.0%, 30.0%, and 20.0%; and percentage volume 75.0%, 55.8%, and 86.7%, respectively. Our study highlights the potential importance of human-related foods to Asiatic black bear diets. Our findings may help conservation managers to identify areas of notable potential conflict for Asiatic black bears and implement conflict-reducing measures such as installing better protective fences for reducing horticulture loss. © 2017 International Association for Bear Research and Management.

Qashqaei A.T.,Plan for the Land Society | Ahmadzadeh F.,Shahid Beheshti University
Russian Journal of Herpetology | Year: 2015

We collected 25 fecal pellets of yellow-headed agama, Laudakia nupta fusca (Blanford, 1876) for analysis in laboratory from Keshar Protected Area and Homag Protected Area in South Iran. We estimated frequency of occurrence (FO%), dry volume (V%) and importance value (IV%) of each food item. Finally, we identified 9 food items (6 animal items and 3 plant items) in fecal pellets from 7 categories (orders). The most important food items in fecal pellets were Daphne oleoides, beetles and ants. According to this data, yellow-headed agama is omnivorous species. © 2015 Folium Publishing Company.

Khalatbari L.,University of Porto | Heidari F.,Independent Wildlife Photographer | Turk Qashqaei A.,Plan for the Land Society | Faizolahi K.,Mohitban Society
Zoology in the Middle East | Year: 2015

The occurrence of the Corsac Fox, Vulpes corsac, is replete with ambiguity and uncertainty in the literature. We present the first confirmed record of the species from Iran. In the course of a survey, we found two Corsac Fox furs in Tehran Market in 2013 and separately recorded one adult and a group of three young in semi-arid steppes in central Turkmen Sahra, Golestan Province, in June 2014. Great Gerbil (Rhomobomys opimus), Libyan Jird (Meriones libycus), and Long-eared Hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus) are among prey items. The Corsac Fox has a limited range in Iran and is threatened by habitat fragmentation and road kill. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.

Ghoddousi A.,Plan for the Land Society | Kh. Hamidi A.,Plan for the Land Society | Ghadirian T.,Plan for the Land Society | Ashayeri D.,Plan for the Land Society | Khorozyan I.,Zoological Institute
ORYX | Year: 2010

We describe the use of camera-trapping with capture-recapture, occupancy and visitation rate modelling to study the size, demographic structure and distribution of the Persian leopard Panthera pardus saxicolor in Bamu National Park, southern Iran. A total sampling effort of 1,012 trap-nights yielded photo-captures of four adults, two subadult individuals and a cub over 21 sampling occasions. The leopard population size estimated by the M(h) model and jackknife estimator was 6.00 SE 0.24 individuals. This gives a density of 1.87 SE 0.07 leopards per 100 km2. Detection probability was constant and low and, as a result, estimated occupancy rate was significantly higher than that predicted from photographic capture sites alone. Occupancy was 56% of the protected area and visitation rates were 0.01-0.05 visits per day. The most imminent threats to leopards in Bamu are poaching and habitat fragmentation. © 2010 Fauna & Flora International.

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