Hunters involvement


The LIFE Lynx project successfully prevented the extinction of the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population. However, certain challenges still need to be addressed for the long-term population viability. To ensure the multifaceted lynx conservation activities (i.e. international collaboration, stakeholder involvement, cross-border lynx management and population surveillance and improving the population connectivity) are implemented past the...

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Successful translocation of Carpathian lynx and their integration in the remnant population in Dinaric Mountains and SE Alps was the core activity of the LIFE Lynx project. Understanding the baseline genetic and demographic status of the reintroduced Dinaric lynx population and close surveillance of the reinforcement process over the period of 4 years enabled us to assess the final effects of the reinforcement. At the population level...

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In the scope of the LIFE Lynx project, we successfully translocated 18 Carpathian lynxes to Slovenia and Croatia, releasing 12 in the Dinaric Mountains and six in the Slovenian Alps. Our plan, guided by international best practices, focused on ensuring the survival and establishment of translocated animals. Monitoring with GPS-telemetry collars allowed us to assess their integration in the population. In the Dinaric Mountains, 9 out...

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The main goal of the LIFE Lynx project was to genetically reinforce the lynx population in the Dinarides and to establish a new stepping stone lynx population in the Alps. We have prepared two reports, summarizing lynx reintroduction activities in Dinaric region and SE Alps. In the reports you can find out which lynx were introduced into the Alpine and Dinaric areas, their personal details, and the areas of release. The reports also...

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LIFE Lynx Layman’s report

LIFE Lynx Layman’s report


Posted - Apr 23, 2024

At the end of the LIFE Lynx project, we published a report summarizing the essence of the project – why and how we saved the lynx from extinction in the Dinaric Mountains and SE Alps. The report is primarily written for the general public and anyone who would like to learn about the key ideas and actions that have been implemented during the project. It shows the joint efforts of eleven project partners from five countries...

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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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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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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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The LIFE Lynx project continues the work of hunters and foresters who brought back the lynx in Dinaric Mountains in 1973; their work is presented in our first film Path of the Lynx. Another extinction was threatening Lynx in Slovenia and Croatia. The main reason was inbreeding. LIFE Lynx project has joined experts, conservationists, researchers, and hunters from five European countries, with a common goal – to save the lynx from...

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In January, researchers from the Biotechnical Faculty – Department of Biology in collaboration with the ZOO Ljubljana’s veterinary team, captured and collared a young male lynx weighing 23.5 kg in the area of Velika Gora near Ribnica. They named it Matic, after a local hunter. It was estimated to be about 3 years old. Matic, who is most likely a descendant of the lynx Goru, has been recorded several times before in the...

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