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Lupine Becomings—Tracking and Assembling Romanian Wolves through Multi-Sensory Fieldwork

In: Society & Animals
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  • 1 Cardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
  • | 2 Association for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (ACDB)Romania
  • | 3 Association for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (ACDB)Romania
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Abstract

This paper outlines the fieldwork methods utilized by ecologists in (re)presenting wolves in Romania. By revealing the processes and performances of this aspect of wildlife conservation, the paper highlights the complex more-than-human assemblages that make up wolf ecology. It briefly discusses the ways HAS (Human-Animal Studies) and the social sciences have addressed conservation and unpacked the oft obscured hinterland of bodies and technologies. It then blends field stories and ethnographic narrative to emphasize the multi-sensory techniques employed in non-invasive wolf research. By using this novel case, the paper contextualizes the significance of concepts such as becoming, affect, and attunement in creating partial affinities between researchers and wildlife. It argues that these contribute to an emplaced knowledge that allows practices to adapt to contingencies in field. This is important when modern, remote technologies aimed at minimizing effort in the field are seen to be a panacea for monitoring elusive wildlife.

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