Animals and plants

Kočevska region lies on high carst and is known in the world for its preserved forests and diverse animal and plant world. On approximately 773 square kilometers lives a lot of wild animals, some of them are also seen in Mokri Potok.

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ANIMALS – BEASTS

In Slovenija there are 13 different spicies, which belong to 4 families; these are: Bears (Ursidae), Dogs (Canidae), Mustelids (Mustelidae) and Cats (Felidae).

BEARS

There are 9 different spicies of bears in the world, in our vicinity lives brown bear (Ursus arctos). Bears have an overall lenght of 150-250 cm, weight more than 200 kg and can live to 35 years. Bears are known as omnivorus. They eat mushrooms, forest fruits, plant roots and leaves, invertebrates, rodents and carcass. Bears don’t sleep during the winter it is only idle and its temperature drops only for 2°C. You can read more about bears here.        

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medvedova stopinjaBear foot print in Mokri Potok

DOGS

In Slovenia lives 3 different dog spicies; these are: wolf (canis lupus), jackal (Canis aureus), which occasionally gets in Slovenia and fox (Vulpes vulpes).

Wolf (Canis lupus) is our biggest predator and the biggest representative of the family because it can weight from 30 – 70kg. Life span of wolves is from 12 to 16 years. It is among our most endangered predators. Wolves food are large ungulates that is why they need a big hunting area. Our frequent visitor in Mokri Potok is also female wolf Jasna with her pack. You can read more about wolves here.

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Wolf feces, probably from Jasna or one of her pack members because it was found at the time when she visited our village.

Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is most common and very flexible beast which weights from 4,7 – 7,3 kg. It is an opportunistic omnivore, but most of the time it feeds with rodents. Her life span is to 12 years.

MUSTELIDS

Most diverse and spicies richest beast family is Mustelids (Mustelidae). In Kočevska region we can find badgers (Meles meles), small weasel (Mustela nivalis), big weasel or hermelin (Mustela erminea), ferret (Mustela putorius), pine marten (Martes martes), beech marten (Martes foina) and otter (Lutra lutra).

VEGETATION

In the valley of Mokri Potok, which has frost hollow character, there are grey alder woods on both bank sides. In the Franziscean cadastre from 1823 the place was dominated by grassland, pasture and some cultivated fields. Above the valley of Mokri Potok especially on SE and partially W there are vast areas of beech trees. There are also planted spruce monocultures above Mokri potok.

Endangered and interesting plant species in the area of Mokri Potok:

  • Equisetum sylvaticum L. – horsetail herb – in the valley of Mokri Potok
  • Symphoricarpos albus (L.) Blake – common snowberry – near old house ruins in Sadni hrib
  • Circaea x intermedia Ehrh – Enchanter’s Nightshade – frequent near Mokri Potok
  • Ophioglossum vulgatum L. – adder’s-tongue – grassland below Sadni Hrib
  • Veronica jacquinii Baumg. – Veronica – on Sadni Hrib and near Mokri Potok

Among mentioned plants the speciality are also high steam fruit trees, which still bear delicious fruit.

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Lobaria pulmonaria (L.) Hoffm. – found near Mokri Potok. Lychee which is very sensitive to pollution and is very rare in some areas.