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The first three weeks of 2021 were exciting for the Romanian LIFE Lynx team. In addition to checking more than 40 cameras, already placed for lynx monitoring in three study areas, the team started activating the lynx box traps and within a week from activation, two lynxes were captured. The first one was about 5 years old male lynx that was captured on January 22. The lynx was thoroughly examined and all necessary veterinary tests...

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We have prepared the first annual report on the progress of reinforcement process and genetic status of the Dinaric SE-Alpine lynx population in lynx-monitoring year 2019-2020. Importantly, the report includes data collected through other funding schemes, which improved out knowledge about the lynx population. We have surveyed roughly 10.600 km2 with camera traps, which were set up at 348 different locations and identified at least...

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In fall 2020, resident lynx Teja was photographed with two kittens and one of them, a male named Niko, was successfully collared in December 2020. A sample was taken for genetic analysis and we can confirm that translocated lynx Goru is the father of this litter. This means Teja and Goru successfully mated for the second time in a row. Good luck to their precious offspring!    ...

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Brochure about lynx available online

Brochure about lynx available online


Posted - Jan 13, 2021

As a small booklet, the brochure “Eurasian lynx – biology, threats and translocations from Carpathians to Dinarides” tells the story of lynx in general and about Carpathian and Dinaric lynx populations. In it you can find something about its past, present, and something about lynxes lives. How can a lynx potentially affect hunting performance in areas where it is present? What is the condition of lynx populations in Romania and...

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Nine schools in Slovenia are cooperating with us within the Young Lynx Guardians programme. But now lynx can be part of lessons in other schools as well. A new handbook for teachers in the upper grades of primary school entitled “Ecology and conservation biology of lynxes” was published. The content of this manual follows the school curriculum and helps teachers explain certain topics on the example of lynx. The manual consists of...

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Lynx Maks continues his journey

Lynx Maks continues his journey


Posted - Dec 25, 2020

The journey of lynx Maks is more and more interesting every day. Since our last report in the beginning of December, the path took him further north, near the state borders of Slovenia, Austria, and Italy. This news is exciting, but also a little bit worrying, because if he goes further, out of the SE Alpine area, he won’t be able to carry out his mission; to help the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population from extincion. Our project team...

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For the reintroduction, reinforcement, and conservation purposes, relevant and systematic research of the lynx population is needed. Reliable data on lynx abundance, trends, genetic diversity, and health status are the basis of such research, that allow us to assess whether the lynx population in an area corresponds with the favourable status for lynx as a species of European importance, and whether it is suitable for capturing and...

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Where is lynx Maks?

Where is lynx Maks?


Posted - Dec 16, 2020

The last lynx that was translocated in 2020 was named after a legendary Slovenian hunter Maks Konečnik. After spending 20 days in a quarantine enclosure in Snežnik, Maks was released into nature at the end of June. We are monitoring his movements with a telemetry collar and for now he still didn’t establish his own territory. After the release he was moving in the Javorniki area on the territory of lynx Doru. After a few months...

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Snow tracking on Menišija plateau

Snow tracking on Menišija plateau


Posted - Dec 15, 2020

My name is Špela Čonč and I am a research assistant at the Anton Melik Geographical Institute and a doctoral student at the Biotechnical Faculty in the field of Biosciences – Protection of Natural Heritage. I am preparing a doctoral dissertation under the mentorship of dr. Miha Krofel and co-mentor dr. Mateja Breg Valjavec on the topic of GIS modelling of lynx movement depending on the relief features. Since I will need as much...

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St. Nicholas brought the best present for our project team.  On December 6, 2020, colleagues from Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, successfully collared one of the two kittens of Slovenian resident female lynx Teja and (most likely) translocated male lynx Goru. However, we have to wait for genetic analysis to confirm Goru is the father. The male kitten was thoroughly measured and has almost 11 kg, which is about average...

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Among all known resident lynx in Slovenia, the story of Mihec is one of the most exceptional ones. He was named more than a decade ago, when researchers captured and collared him as an adolescent lynx. They were following him for a year until his independence. In 2020, the Slovenian LIFE Lynx project team was up for a surprise when they discovered that a lynx they captured was Mihec. The data from his new collar shows us also the size...

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