Rehnus Maik

Entwicklung einer Methode für das Monitoring von Schneehasenpopulationen im alpinen Ökosystem des SNP und der Biosfera Val Müstair
Development of a monitoring method for the mountain hare in the Alpine Ecosystem of the Swiss National Park and the Bisofera Val Müstair

Project Number: CH-5070
Project Type: Research_Project
Project Duration: 04/01/2014 - 10/31/2019
Funding Source: other ,
Leading Institution: WSL
Project Leader: Dr. Maik Rehnus
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Phone: +41 (0) 79 354 31 36 ; +41 (0) 44 739 21 11
FAX: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
e-Mail: maik.rehnus(at)

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There is little knowledge about the population development of the mountain hare in the Alps apart from rudimentary knowledge about the population trend in hunting areas. The development of a standardized and reliable long-term monitoring method is a crucial prerequisite to investigate the influence of climate change, outdoor activities and hunting on mountain hare populations. Such data can also be used to inform and support management decisions. In a pilot study in 2014, we developed a non-invasive genetic method which allows identifying individuals by their genetic fingerprint from mountain hare pellets. In the upcoming years, we strive for applying the method in spring and autumn with the aim to study the population dynamics of a free-ranging, protected mountain hare population as well as its interaction with other species (predators, brown hare). In addition, comparative studies with data from reference areas with outdoor activities and hunting are planned.

Rehnus M., Palme R. (2018) Stress in der Rammelzeit. Schweizer Jäger 2: 28-31.

Rehnus M. (2018) Und täglich versteckt sich der Schneehase. Voralberger Jagd 01/02: 26-28.

Rehnus M., Palme R. (2017) How genetic data improve the interpretation of results of faecal glucocorticoid metabolite measurements in a free-living population. PLoS ONE 12: e0183718.

Rehnus M., Bollmann K. (2017) Wissen, wie viele Schneehasen laufen. Jagd & Natur 1: 43.

Rehnus M., Bollmann K. (2016) Non-invasive genetic population density estimation of mountain hares (Lepus timidus) in the Alps: systematic or opportunistic sampling? European Journal of Wildlife Research. DOI 10.1007/s10344-016-1053-6.

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Rehnus M., Bollmann K. (2016) 10 Jahre Schneehasenforschung im Schweizerischen Nationalpark. Cratschla 2: 6-7.

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