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Between 2019 and 2023, we intensively followed the process of integration of the translocated lynx into the Dinaric SE Alpine population. We were studying the impacts of these translocations on the Dinaric SE-Alpine lynx population by recording signs of lynx presence and lynx mortality, systematic camera-trapping and telemetry tracking and non-invasive genetic sampling. Besides the LIFE Lynx project staff, more than 200 hunters,...

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Understanding public perceptions helps wildlife management authorities and conservationists gauge the level of acceptance or opposition to the presence of lynx in specific regions. Within the LIFE Lynx project, we had the unique opportunity to study the attitudes of different stakeholder groups (general public, hunters, and livestock breeders) before, during, and after translocation of 18 animals from Romania and Slovakia to Slovenia...

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A special issue of the Goldhorn Bulletin is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the lynx. In compiles results of research of lynx monitoring approaches (on population and individual level, public attitudes surveys and ecological connectivity. The Bulletin was distributed to various hunting families (clubs) in Slovenia with the aim of raising awareness among hunters about the importance of lynx conservation for future...

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The documentary film “Path of the Lynx” is a tribute to the hunters whose enthusiasm has made it possible for Europe’s largest cat to live on in our forests. While documentary “Together for Lynx” presents our project activities and efforts to stop another extinction of the Dinaric – SE Alpine lynx population. Both are available on our YouTube channel. And now we present to you a third documentary!...

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Genetic analysis has confirmed that lynx Matic, who was fitted with GPS collar in January this year, is in fact the offspring of translocated male lynx Goru and local female lynx Teja. Matic dispersed to the area of Velika Gora and Stojna in Kočevsko region of Slovenia. Matic was filmed in his homerange. Video: Franc Kljun, Biotechnical Faculy, University of Ljubljana. Telemetry data currently indicates that Matic has a territory with...

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At the beginning of the LIFE Lynx project, we produced a teachers’ manual Ecology and Conservation Biology of Lynx, which we have now updated with information collected from its users.  New version of the handbook was presented at various workshops and we have collected feedback from teachers on its content. It can be used as a teaching tool in schools and also in the field on the Lynx Educational Trail. All schools...

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In order to prevent potential lynx attacks on small livestock, the LIFE Lynx project distributed damage prevention equipment to help farmers in areas where lynx is present. The lynx is an active predator that is used to hunt its prey in different environments, but mostly in forested areas where its main prey, the roe deer, is present. In human-dominated landscapes, which characterize most parts of Central Europe, many pastures are...

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Just a few days before the end of the LIFE Lynx project, we capture and fitted with a telemetry collar another lynx from the Gorenjska region. A 20 kg male, estimated to be 1-2 years old, was caught in a box-trap set in the area of Bohinjska Bistrica Hunting Club, in the Jelovica plateau. We assume that he is an offspring of the translocated lynxes Aida and Zois, but we will have to wait for genetic analysis to confirm this. The lynx...

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Today, we are celebrating World Rewilding Day, with a slogan “Hope into Action” to raise awareness about the benefits of nature conservation for wildlife, people, and the planet. The LIFE Lynx project has brought together experts, scientists, conservationists, hunters, and other local people from five European countries with a common goal – to save the Lynx from extinction. Their efforts are featured in the...

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Within the LIFE Lynx project we also focused on the future of the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population. On its own, the population remains too small to avoid the increase of inbreeding in the next decades, and will need gene flow from other populations, either naturally through establishment of a Dinaric – Alpine metapopulation, or assisted with translocations. We explored the impact of the translocations on the lynx population using...

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It started with the funds for reimbursing local people for travel expenses to attend meetings of the so-called Local Consultative Groups (LCGs). And then at the first meetings the idea came up – what if we could do something different with these funds? And we did. At the following meetings, LCG members suggested different ideas on what we could do in their own neighbourhood related to the lynx. As expected, there were more good...

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