Hunters involvement


In the beginning of January, the Slovenian and Slovakian LIFE Lynx teams joined forces and activated four box-traps, set in the Slovakian Carpathian Mountains. One box-trap was set and activated in Vtačnik mountains and three box traps in the area of Volovec Mountains, in Betliar hunting ground, managed by Košice enterprise of the Forests of SR. This is the last LIFE Lynx lynx-trapping season in Slovakia and the plan is to capture two...

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Friday the 13th was not an unlucky day for our project team, as we successfully captured another young lynx from Slovenian Alps and fitted it with a telemetry collar. This time the triggered trap was set together with the members of Bohinjska Bistrica Hunting Club. In accordance with capturing protocol, the veterinarian who sedated the lynx upon examination found that she was in excellent physical condition and weighed 10.5 kg, which...

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On a Christmas day, we got a message that a trap was triggered and a photo of a young lynx standing in front of the box-trap in Pokljuka. The joy was indescribable, when it was confirmed that we manage to capture the first lynx offspring from Gorenjska region in the Slovenian Alps. The lynx was sedated, measured, and fitted with a telemetry collar. A veterinary examined the lynx and confirmed that it was a female, weighing 12 kg, and...

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In the last days of November, the Slovenian LIFE Lynx team successfully captured lynx Aida and replaced her telemetry collar. The lynx was caught in a box trap set on a forest road where she was regularly recorded during the last camera trapping season. Aida was translocated from Romania and together with male Zois released into the forests of Jelovica plateau in 2021. They established their territories there and already got two...

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We already started with last season of lynx capturing in the Carpathians, and this year preparations in Romania began early. In October, the team began repairing the box traps already placed in the field and looking for new possible locations, in case some of the box-traps need to be relocated. Opportunistic camera-trap monitoring will continue this year too, with cameras being set at the box-traps as well as some key locations where...

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On November 15, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Bucharest organized a formal reception for all Romanian organizations that are key to the success of the LIFE Lynx project.  The meeting took place at the residence of Ambassador Lea Stančič and was attended by representatives of ACDB, the Romanian Ministry of Environment, Romsilva and representatives of the Slovenia Forest Service. Rok Černe, LIFE Lynx project coordinator,...

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The support of local people plays a key role in the introduction of lynx. In the framework of the Local Consultative Groups, we organized a yearly gathering of the group members as a thank you for their cooperation. This time the event took place on Vodiška Mountain in Gorenjska, where one of the seven new LIFE Lynx information boards about the lynx are already in place. Firstly, the project coordinator, Rok Černe presented the plans...

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Within the Slovenian hunting organization, gamekeepers are those who, in the scope of their training, acquire in-depth knowledge of various hunting topics, such as hunting legislation, game management, ungulate ecology, hunting cynology and others. For gamekeepers from the project area, in-depth knowledge in the field of ecology, biology and lynx conservation is also important for a better understanding of lynx behavior and the...

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When you have three adolescent lynx to feed, feeding at the same time doesn’t seem to be an option. However, eventually everyone gets its turn at the prey remains. The young lynx are now about six months old and will soon have to learn how to catch prey for themselves. Lynx mother Julija lets them fight their own battles, as they will have to when they grow up. Setting camera traps at lynx kill sites gives us an excellent...

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In July, we started with camera trapping in Gorenjska to find out what is the status of lynx Tris, Lenka and Zois, whose telemetry collars stopped working this year. Photographs confirmed that Tris and Lenka are still present in Triglav National Park, so we chose the best locations for their recapture. In cooperation with Bled Hunting Club, LIFE Lynx team set up the first box-trap on the top of an isolated ridge while the second...

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For the fifth season in a row, lynx monitoring with camera traps is being carried out in Slovenia in close cooperation with hunters from hunting clubs and state managed hunting grounds (LPNs). Each year more and more hunting clubs join this activity; this year we joined forces with 58 hunting clubs and six state managed hunting grounds from the Kočevska, Notranjska, Northern Primorska and Gorenjska regions. In each participating...

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