Monitoring


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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Among all known resident lynx in Slovenia, the story of Mihec is one of the most exceptional ones. He was named more than a decade ago, when researchers captured and collared him as an adolescent lynx. They were following him for a year until his independence. In 2020, the Slovenian LIFE Lynx project team was up for a surprise when they discovered that a lynx they captured was Mihec. The data from his new collar shows us also the size...

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The Triglav National Park is the only Slovenian national park and is one of the oldest European parks. The first protection dates back to 1924 when the Alpine Conservation Park was founded, and in the year 1981, when the law on Triglav National Park defined the park’s present borders. It is a unique area of protected nature in the Alps, whose priority objectives are conservation of ecosystems and natural processes, natural...

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Our photo traps set across Mala Gora hills have photographed lynx Teja with her new offspring. This year she has not one, but two kittens. We do not yet have genetic evidence of the fatherhood, but based on the movement data of Teja and translocated lynx Goru in the mating season it is highly likely that Goru is the father also of this year’s litter. Goru and Teja share their territories for the second year. Their movement data from...

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Bear vs. lynx

Bear vs. lynx


Posted - Oct 22, 2020

Bears are very effective scavengers, and Eurasian lynx rarely stand a chance when they come to usurp prey remains from them. Let alone, when they are outnumbered  one to five as in this case. You can read more about bears’ interactions with lynx in a scientific article by Miha Krofel and Klemen Jerina from Biotechnical Faculty Mind the cat: Conservation management of a protected dominant scavenger indirectly affects an...

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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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