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Volume 82, Issue 6


Reproduction of the golden jackal (Canis aureus) outside current resident breeding populations in Europe: evidence from the Czech Republic

Miloslav Jirků
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  • Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2018-02-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0141


The golden jackal is a mesocarnivore with a rapidly expanding European range, where current resident breeding populations occupy much of the Balkans, Pannonian Basin and the Black and Caspian seas coasts. Despite numerous post-2000 records, breeding of this species in the newly colonized regions of Central and Northwestern Europe remained unconfirmed. Photography- and direct observation-based evidence obtained in 2017 from Central Bohemia, Czech Republic, indicates a north-western shift in the breeding range over 300 km from the closest known breeding jackal population in Pannonian Basin.

Keywords: breeding range expansion; Canidae; Central Europe; military training area; Milovice


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About the article

Received: 2017-10-19

Accepted: 2018-01-18

Published Online: 2018-02-19

Published in Print: 2018-11-27

Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 6, Pages 592–595, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0141.

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