The camera trapping survey in Slovenia between 2021 and 2022 was a record year in terms of the area covered and the amount of data collected. The survey extended from Dinarics to the Alpine area, involving 57 hunting grounds in camera trapping. 318 lynx events were detected at 71 out of 173 locations in total, which is 100 more detections than one season earlier. A minimum of 30 adult animals were identified from the photos. This population growth is mostly due to the new stepping-stone established by five translocated animals in the Alps. Out of 30 adult lynx, five females were recorded with a total of 15 kittens, which is a record number of kittens so far.
Four years of monitoring enabled us to gain a good understanding of the lynx population in Slovenia, including identifying the areas with territorial lynx couples on one hand and follow the integration of the translocated lynx (Goru, Katalin) into the existing population via detecting their kittens on the other hand. Even in the Alps, we successfully detected the first generation of lynx offspring in Jelovica, and monitored all translocated adults regularly on camera traps. A detailed overview of the monitoring results from the 2021-2022 season will be available in the October issue of the Lovec magazine and in LIFE Lynx annual report for C.5 action.