Monitoring


We are happy to announce the photos of two adult lynxes and a cub from Kremen mountain (Croatia)! This confirmed the lynx presence in that area for the first time. Again, it wouldn’t be possible without the good cooperation with hunters who showed us the right locations for setting up camera...

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Genetic analysis of lynx samples

Genetic analysis of lynx samples


Posted - Nov 15, 2018

Coworkers in the field have collected many noninvasive genetic samples – scats, hair, urine in the snow, saliva from prey animals. In our genetic bank we also archive tissue samples from dead animals and buccal swab samples taken from collared animals. All these samples are in final stages of analysis. Sampling in the field still continues.

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Hair traps

Hair traps


Posted - Nov 14, 2018

Within the project we designed special hair traps, so that we could collect more genetic material of lynx. We prepared instructions on how to install hair traps and how to collect genetic material – hair. Hair trap is made of two parts: active coil spring and passive hair pad. A dedicated sampling kit was designed for each and prepared in Slovenian, Croatian and Italian language.  ...

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The monitoring of the lynx population with camera traps in Croatia and Slovenia is carried out within the A.3 action “Pre-reinforcement Survey of the Potential Release Sites and the Genetic and Demographic Status of Residual Lynx”. The Croatian project team from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb, Karlovac University of Applied Sciences and the Association BIOM, set a large network of camera traps in the lynx distribution...

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We received first photos from camera traps that we set in Slovenian forests.  In august we started with intensive monitoring, and until now we have set almost 100 cameras. Hopefully we will get many more pictures or videos as good as these first ones from Kočevska region. https://www.lifelynx.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Kočevsko__00001-1.mp4  ...

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Camera trapping is on!

Camera trapping is on!


Posted - Aug 22, 2018

Camera trapping is one of the most important methods for lynx monitoring. It is a great way to gather information about lynx presence in the area. That is why from the beginning of august we started with intensive camera trapping on more than 60 locations of the project area in Slovenia. The work is done in close collaboration with local hunters. They are priceless source of information about the best micro locations for setting the...

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Snow-tracking in Romania

Snow-tracking in Romania


Posted - Mar 9, 2018

At the moment, Slovenian and Romanian project teams are enjoying the ideal snow conditions in Romania that allow efficient snow-tracking. Snow-tracking is an important part of lynx monitoring for the purpose of lynx translocation. Until now, the Romanian team managed to get 13 camera trap images of lynx on 7 different locations. They also found lynx tracks for 29 times in this winter. Sometimes they were working in challenging...

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In December 2017 team from Forestry Department of Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana spent two days snow-tracking lynx on Snežnik plateau in Southern Slovenia. We were lucky enough to find tracks of a female lynx with two kittens. This female is one of the last in Slovenia that is still reproducing successfully. We followed them for several kilometers through the wild Dinaric forests in the shadow of Mount Snežnik and collected several...

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Lynx genetic sampling guidelines

Lynx genetic sampling guidelines


Posted - Jan 26, 2018

Genetic samples of lynx are critical for projects success, especially the ones collected in the field without direct contact with the animal (noninvasive genetic samples). They will allow us to survey the baseline status of Dinaric lynx, track the effects of population augmentation and evaluate its success, and provide tools for long-term population monitoring. However, for these samples to be useful, they need to be collected and...

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Lynx camera trapping guidelines

Lynx camera
trapping guidelines


Posted - Jan 10, 2018

In LIFE Lynx project, camera trapping will serve as one of the main tolls for selecting suitable lynx release areas and later for monitoring of success of lynx population reinforcement. We prepared Lynx camera trapping guidelines, which will assist researchers, wildlife managers, hunters and other volunteers in their field work with camera traps. Detailed descriptions are accompanied with many illustrations to make the document easier...

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