Colloquium of the Platform Biodiversity: The Mountain Hare in South Tyrol

As a relict of the ice age, the mountain hare is particularly affected by progressive climatic changes. Meanwhile, the European brown hare is finding it increasingly easy to advance into subalpine habitats. In areas where both occur, competition for scarce resources as well as hybridization between the closely related species are the consequences.

In cooperation with the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, the province of South Tyrol is now also trying to narrow the knowledge gap about the mountain hare and is testing a monitoring system. In this way, looseness samples enable genetic recording and provide insights into the population situation. Competition and hybridization between the two hare species are shown and illustrate large differences between areas.

Simon Schwienbacher is a wildlife biologist and forester and worked on the topic of the rock pheasant as part of his master’s thesis at BOKU Vienna.

Thomas Clementi is a freelancer and looks back on many years of field experience in the field of alpine game species

The Colloquium takes place at the Museum for Natural Science (via Bottai 1, Bolzano). Due to current Covid measures, only 34 people can attend in person. We therefore ask for registration. Admission is free. Info: Tel. 0471 412964

The presentation will be held in German and Italian language.