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Lynx Klif has a new collar

Lynx Klif has a new collar


Posted - Sep 9, 2022

On August 18, the LIFE Lynx project team had successfully recaptured and replaced a telemetry collar on remnant male lynx Klif on the cliffs above Kolpa River. Capture and sedation was led by the project team from Department of Forestry from Biotechnical faculty and ZOO Ljubljana. Klif was in very good health condition and looked physically fit. He gained 1.5 kg since the previous capture and now weighs 24.5 kg. He shares a territory...

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The camera trapping survey in Slovenia between 2021 and 2022 was a record year in terms of the area covered and the amount of data collected. The survey extended from Dinarics to the Alpine area, involving 57 hunting grounds in camera trapping. 318 lynx events were detected at 71 out of 173 locations in total, which is 100 more detections than one season earlier. A minimum of 30 adult animals were identified from the photos. This...

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A translocated lynx Goru and a resident lynx Teja have had several litters so far. Their first offspring is lynx Mala, from the next litter we have telemetry-collared lynx Niko, and from the third litter we have telemetry-collared lynxes Valentina and Neža. Here is an update what is happening with them. After the photos from camera traps and the genetic analyses confirming the paternity of Goru, the female lynx Mala was good news for...

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With an aim to confirm the presence of lynx with malfunctioning telemetry collars; Tris, Lenka and Zois, camera trapping in Gorenjska started already in July. Besides, August is the month when females with kittens increase their movement rates and replace breastfeeding with feeding with natural prey. That makes them possible to record on camera traps. After a month of camera trapping, we were more than successful; we managed to record...

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In the middle of May, we received a mortality signal from the GPS collar of lynx Neža, the offspring of the translocated lynx Goru and the resident lynx Teja. The project partners from the Biotechnical Faculty immediately went to the last location they received, from the collar. In the area of ​​the Struge na Dolenjskem Hunting Club, near a high-stand, they found a GPS-collar that had been visibly torn off by force. The incident was...

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Blisk, a translocated lynx from Romania, was released into the forests of Snežnik, Slovenia on the May 17 this year. Since his release, he explored the area around the release site first going South. However, he turned back to the area of the release site and moved North to Javorniki forests where he has stayed since then. During the past camera trapping season (2021-2022), a female lynx was recorded in that area, which could indicate...

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Exactly 10 weeks ago lynx Lubomir (immediately nicknamed Ljubo) arrived in Croatia. This adult male, captured in Slovakia, was released on location Rizvanuša, near town Gospić, in hunting ground Ramino korito managed by the Rewilding Velebit Foundation. All other lynxes that were released in Croatia before Ljubo came out of the transport box and left the release location in lightning speed. However, after exiting the box Ljubo...

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The last lynx monitoring season (September 2021 – April 2022) in Slovenia was completed successfully. More than in any other year, lynx kittens were making an appearance in front of the cameras and we obtained high quality images from Menišija, Racna Gora, Mala Gora, Jelovica and Kočevska Reka. For the first time, a female with four cubs was recorded throughout the entire season; this is the resident female Petra, which has been...

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In June, we confirmed that Aida has three kittens this year and we set a few camera traps near one of the dens. During the denning period, females move their kittens quite often to protect them from potential predators. Our cameras captured the moments when Aida was transferring the kittens. Aida seems to be a good and caring mother that knows how to handle her kittens. However, not all kittens are expected to survive to the adulthood...

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The video footage shows a female lynx from the edge of Mala Gora: offspring of Teja and Goru from the 2020-2021 litter. As is common for females, she established her territory close to her mother’s, while her brother Niko, as a typical male, dispersed further away, to the border area between Bela Krajina (Slovenia) and Ravna Gora (Croatia). Video credit: Struge Hunting Club...

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During the mating season, we can always expect intensified lynx interactions. Our colleague from Biotechnical Faculty, Forestry department prepared three animations of lynx movements using GPS data from their telemetry collars. In the first one, you can see all males (Catalin, Goru, Igi and Klif) during their mating trips. Lynxes Klif and Petra, from Kočevsko region, who had four male kittens last season, of which all survived until...

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