Monitoring Indian Wolf
We have collected and updated information on India wolf distribution patterns in the Kutch region, India. Findings from this study can serve as a critical component in the conservation of the wolves in this unique landscape.
Currently, around 1000-2000 Indian wolves (Canis lupus pallipes) are expected to survive in isolated pockets in India. Studies carried out on wolves in India have not adequately explored how this species responds to different landscape and anthropogenic changes in a multi-scale perspective. Arid landscapes of Kutch in Gujarat have been seen as the potential regions which could offer long term survival of wolves. But the recent surge in development in this region has led to rapid changes in traditional land-use pattern, which is likely to affect the persistence of wolves in this landscape. This study combined various techniques and methods, ranging from field surveys and public interviews to GIS tools for modeling the co-variates that describe habitat suitability for wolves in Kutch. Presence of, a high percentage of vegetation/forest cover and availability of preferred prey were positive influences. The ultimate aim is to identify critical wolf areas, formalize management strategies and assist in formulating a landscape-level wolf conservation strategy for Kutch and similar habitats elsewhere in India.