Monitoring


For achieving our main project goal – rescuing the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population from extinction, we have already translocated seven lynxes from the Carpathians to the Dinarics in the years 2019-2020, where five animals came from Romania and two from Slovakia. Out of those seven animals, we are still monitoring five, as two collars stopped working. Here we present the status of the translocated lynxes we monitored during this...

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In the beginning of March 2021, a female lynx Petra was captured in Kočevsko and equipped with GPS-collar. After few weeks, first results from the telemetry tracking are now available. We found out that Petra is still accompanied with a kitten born in 2020 and that she is hunting successfully. We have set cameras at one of her last kill sites and we recorded Petra feeding on roe deer. When she finished feeding, her kitten arrived and...

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On March 20, LIFE Lynx project researchers fitted with a telemetry collar another resident female lynx from Slovenia. The lynx looked healthy, but after sedation, the veterinarian noticed she has serious heart problems (heart murmur). After the lynx was fitted with a collar, she woke up from the anesthesia, but unfortunately died two days after. The body of the lynx was taken to the Veterinary authorities for an autopsy. Research from...

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On March 1, 2021, an adult resident female lynx from Kočevsko area was caught in a box trap. The capture was led by the team from Department of Forestry from Biotechnical faculty and assisted by the Slovenia Forest Service team, ZOO Ljubljana and local hunters. After her sedation, the team took all biometric measures and estimated her age between 4 and 5 years old. She was in good physical condition, and weighed 16 kg and at the time...

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Lynx Niko’s independence

Lynx Niko’s independence


Posted - Mar 2, 2021

Lynx Niko, one of last year’s offspring of Goru and Teja, left his mother’s territory in December and began his journey to independence. Biologists at Biotechnical Faculty were surprised that just two weeks after they fitted him with a telemetry collar, the young male wandered far from his mother’s familiar territory. Generally, juvenile lynx leave their mothers at 10-11 months of age, so this early independence was...

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Ris Maks left the Notranjska region in November last year and began his journey to the north of Slovenia. He travelled a long way and spent some time in the wider area of Kranjska Gora. Then he went back to the outskirts of Jelovica, almost the same way he came. In the last week, Maks has returned to the area of the Triglav National Park and this time too he chose an interesting route around Lake Bohinj.

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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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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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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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