Monitoring


Update about translocated lynx

Update about translocated lynx


Posted - Sep 24, 2020

Within the LIFE Lynx project, we translocated a total of seven lynx, all males, to Slovenia and Croatia. Out of five lynxes released this year, at least three have already established their territory.   GORU After last year’s release in Loški potok, Goru established his territory in ​​Mala gora area in the Kočevje region. He is still roaming this area today. He shares his territory with resident female lynx Teja, who had...

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Camera trapping in Slovenia revealed 20 adult lynx and two kittens being present in Slovenia between September 2019 and April 2020. Camera traps are used for systematic data collection on minimal number of adult lynx and the presence of kittens, as well as the sex and age structure of the population to some extent. During the second season of camera trapping, we have collaborated with 68 hunters and successfully obtained high-quality...

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Video – lynx Boris and his prey

Video – lynx Boris and his prey


Posted - Aug 5, 2020

We have some good news, young Romanian lynx Boris, released at the end of May in Loški potok, is now in Croatia, between Gerovo and Čabar. We managed to film him with our camera traps and we can see that he is in good health and hunting successfully. There is a high probability of him establishing a territory in that area.  There are though a few adult territorial males in this area, so establishing his territory will not be an easy...

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Searching for Pino

Searching for Pino


Posted - Aug 5, 2020

Lynx Pino was released on 30th May 2020 in Štirovača, the border of the National Park and Nature Park Northern Velebit. The GPS collar that was sending his locations regularly while quarantined, unfortunately, hasn’t sent any new data after the release. Velebit is scarcely covered with a mobile (GSM) network that is used for the collar to send the collected (GPS) locations. From the release, we were impatiently waiting for the data to...

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Our second capturing & translocation season is behind us and we can proudly say it was very successful. A total of seven lynxes were translocated from Carpathian mountains to the Dinarics, all of them males. Five lynxes came from Romania – in 2019 Doru and Goru, in 2020 – Alojzije, Catalin, and Boris, while this year we also translocated the first two animals from Slovakia – Pino and Maks. Doru, Alojzije, and Pino were released in...

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We have conducted a pre-reinforcement survey of the genetic and demographic status of residual lynx in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. With systematic camera trapping at more than 300 camera trapping sites and with non-invasive genetic sampling via snow-tracking and hair trapping, we obtained good quality data of lynx distribution and minimum population size in Northern Dinarics and the SE Alps. We identified 71 adult lynxes, including...

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On March 21, 2020, researchers from Biotechnical faculty of Ljubljana successfully collared a resident male lynx. The lynx is a big one but, probably, due to efforts during the previous mating season, a little bit underweight. After the examination, we found out that we already know this lynx. It was Mihec, a lynx already collared in 2010. Back then he was a seven months old lynx from Snežnik area, weighing about 13 kg, now he is an...

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Lyxn Mala is getting independent

Lyxn Mala is getting independent


Posted - Mar 27, 2020

We already reported in January, that researchers from Biotechnical Faculty, successfully collared lynx Teja’s kitten Mala. Since then, we have been closely monitoring their movements. Unfortunately, Teja’s collar dropped off on February, 8 (as planned), so we got only 20 days of data from both collars simultaneously.  In that period, they have been moving close together all the time. On the graph, you can see that the daily...

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Lately, associates from ACDB,  partner of the LIFE Lynx project from Romania, are working to relocate three lynx individuals to Dinaric Mountains. It is planned that two lynxes to come to Slovenia and one will go to Croatia to the Paklenica National Park. Before the translocations all necessary veterinary examinations have to confirm that the lynxes are healthy. Slovenian team is preparing everything that is required before the lynxes...

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For the success of the translocation It is crucial that the genes of the translocated lynxes are included in the population. With the help of telemetry data, photo trap photos and genetic analyzes, we confirmed that that this already happened. LIFE Lynx project partners from Biotechnical Faculty captured, radio-collared the kitten and discovered that it is a female. Genetic analysis confirmed that Goru is the kitten’s father. The team...

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In the second half of December Slovenia Forest Service LIFE Lynx team visited Slovakian LIFE Lynx partner Technical University Zvolen (TUZ). The purpose of the visit was to start the first lynx capturing season in Slovakia. TUZ already acquired all the necessary permits for the capturing and translocation. The first box trap was repaired and activated in the area of Muranske Mountains. In the area of Vtačnik and Vepor Mountain, the...

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