Hunters involvement


We have prepared a second report on the surveillance of lynx reinforcements in Slovenia and Croatia. Using different monitoring methods, we recorded 95 adult lynx in the Slovenian and Croatian Dinarides during the 2020/2021 season. Five lynxes have their territories in the Slovenian Alps. With the help of 76 hunters, we monitored lynx over a 4000 km2 area in Slovenia with more than 200 camera traps. We found that 24 adult lynxes were...

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The existence of large carnivores depends to a large extent on successful coexistence with humans, so knowledge of stakeholder attitudes is of great importance for the conservation of large carnivores. Therefore, a public opinion survey among local residents, hunters and breeders was carried out at the start of the LIFE Lynx project and was repeated again in 2021. We were mostly interested to know more about the stakeholders’...

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After Ludvík Kunc left us forever last year, his friend and exceptional man, a lynx expert Štefan Zatroch, passed away in the beginning of this year as well. Jakub Kubala, from the Slovak LIFE Lynx project team remembers Mr. Zatroch with these words: It was a great honor for me that we have become a part of his exceptional life story (very nicely documented in a documentary film Hunters stories – The lynx Catchers His efforts and work...

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In the beginning of December, LIFE Lynx project team joined the LIFE WolfAlps project’s congress for hunters in Sorica.  There we presented some general information about the project and the latest activities regarding lynx monitoring in the Gorenjska region. The event was organized for hunters who participate in roe deer capturing and radio-collaring activity, which is part of the predator-prey-hunter study, implemented in this...

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On invitation of a local hunting association, Progetto Lince Italia presented lynx conservation needs of Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population, to hunting grounds of northeastern Belluno province. 24 people were present, including 2 gamekeepers and 8 presidents of the hunting grounds of the Comelico area. The present status of the reinforcement was presented as well as the active role of the Slovenian hunters in the whole process....

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Over the past two weeks, meetings have been held with local residents interested in or affected by lynx-related topics. All of them can join the so-called Local Consultative Groups (LCG) that we have set up in the scope of our project. We have five such groups in Slovenia – LCG Kočevsko, LCG Pivško, LGC Loška Dolina and Loški Potok, LCG Gorenjska and North Primorska, and in the Cerknica area, we have joined the LIFE Stržen...

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In the area of newly established stepping-stone population, the Slovenian Alps, we have set up camera traps for lynx monitoring for the first time ever this autumn. With local hunters from five hunting clubs and three districts of state-owned hunting ground which lays within the Triglav National park we set up camera traps at 20 different locations. Choosing suitable locations was a challenge for the experienced personnel as the Alps...

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Maks Konečnik, a professional hunter and forester, was closely associated with lynx. During his service at the State managed hunting ground Rog in Kočevje, he was one of the key players at the 1973 lynx reintroduction to Slovenia. Together with his wife Cilka, they took care of six lynxes, which were housed in a quarantine enclosure before being released into the wild. The reintroduction of lynx to Slovenia is still considered one of...

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Lynx workshops at hunting camps

Lynx workshops at hunting camps


Posted - Oct 26, 2021

Members of the LIFE Lynx project team know that raising awareness of children about the lynx endangerment is very important for its long-term conservation. For this purpose, in July and August, we presented lynx to children as part of hunting camps in the Associations of Hunting Families from Brkinsko-Kraško area and Savinjsko-Kozjansko area. The children learned about the biology, ecology and endangerment of the lynx, the LIFE Lynx...

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We began with the fourth season of systematic camera trapping in Slovenia. 51 hunting clubs and 6 state-owned hunting grounds collaborate in this year’s effort for lynx population survey and together with local hunters, we equipped 150 locations with camera traps. Each season represents a new challenge; even though we identified quite some locations where lynx is recorded each season, we still select many new locations for...

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Approximately twice a year the whole LIFE Lynx project team meets to evaluate the work done so far and to prepare plans for the work ahead. After more than a year, team members met in person and for the first time in Romania. The Steering group meeting took place in the beautiful scenery of the town Lepsa in the Putna-Vrancea Natural Park. After the meeting, partners from ACDB organized a two-day excursions in the Carpathian Mountains...

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