The golden jackal keeps surprising us. Just recently, the first golden jackals reached Finland. Now, a photographer caught an individual on camera at record-high altitudes last April. Back then, Dionigi Colombo was hiking on the slopes of Mount Motto, close to Livigno in Italy. From a distance, he witnessed a golden jackal exploring the snow-covered terrain. The observation is unusual, as researchers usually assume that golden jackals avoid regions with low temperatures and long snow-cover. The Golden Jackal Informal Study group in Europe (GOJAGE) published the news on their website recently.
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Expanding territories above and beyond?
Colombo captured the golden jackal on camera at an altitude of approximately 2350 meters above sea level. This is at least a new record altitude for Italy.
Scientists estimate that the Italian population of golden jackal is currently in a favourable conservation status, with 7 new reproductive groups. More details on the golden jackal population development and this observation will be shared during the 5th Seminar of Alpine Ecology early October.