Monitoring


Inbreeding is the biggest threat to the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population so we monitor the population status also through genetic analyses. Genetic samples of lynx were being collected between May 2020 and April 2021. Altogether 149 genetic samples were collected in Slovenian and Croatian Dinarics and SE Alps (Italy). Most of the samples were hairs, followed by scats and urine. Each sample has a label, from which we get the recorded...

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We have prepared a second report on the surveillance of lynx reinforcements in Slovenia and Croatia. Using different monitoring methods, we recorded 95 adult lynx in the Slovenian and Croatian Dinarides during the 2020/2021 season. Five lynxes have their territories in the Slovenian Alps. With the help of 76 hunters, we monitored lynx over a 4000 km2 area in Slovenia with more than 200 camera traps. We found that 24 adult lynxes were...

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During November and December, the Slovak LIFE Lynx team focused on the final preparation and implementation of the 2021/22 lynx capturing season. Its members built two more box traps in the Volovec Mountains project area and at the same time started realization of the deterministic Eurasian lynx camera trapping in the Vepor Mountains project area. At the beginning of December, the Slovak team also hosted colleagues from Ukraine within...

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LIFE Lynx genetics team from Biotechnical faculty in Ljubljana visited the LECA Institute (Laboratorie d’Ecologie Alpine) in Grenoble, which is one of the main genetic laboratories in Europe working with environmental DNA (samples of water and soil) and large carnivore DNA. For three weeks, both teams were working together on a new method to learn how to extract the DNA from environmental samples, such as snow and water. With this...

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Lynx snow tracking season is open!

Lynx snow tracking season is open!


Posted - Dec 9, 2021

Collecting lynx non-invasive genetic samples is not an easy task, since lynx are very elusive and usually burry their scats.  However, it gets easier when there is snow around and there is plenty these days in Slovenia. LIFE Lynx team members started with their favorite winter activity – lynx snow tracking, and here are some impressions of the first lynx and other wildlife tracks we found in the past few days.

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News about lynx Emil

News about lynx Emil


Posted - Dec 3, 2021

Finally, after three long months we received data from the collar of lynx Emil! Emil was captured in Slovakia in February this year and was transported to Croatia in May. In cooperation with Nature Park Velebit, we released him on a meadow Apatišan near village Krasno. His movements are monitored with a collar that is using Iridium satellites to locate the animals and send us the data. The collar is programmed to send the data every...

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In the area of newly established stepping-stone population, the Slovenian Alps, we have set up camera traps for lynx monitoring for the first time ever this autumn. With local hunters from five hunting clubs and three districts of state-owned hunting ground which lays within the Triglav National park we set up camera traps at 20 different locations. Choosing suitable locations was a challenge for the experienced personnel as the Alps...

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Niko is the offspring of the second litter of the resident lynx Teja and translocated lynx Goru. In December 2020, we already reported that Niko had left his mother’s home territory and started his journey towards independence. In mid-December 2020, he first moved about 15 km away to the eastern part of the Kočevski Rog. His movement pattern initially indicated that he would settle in this area, but in early April 2021 he moved...

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As part of the LIFE Lynx project, we have so far released four animals into the Croatian part of the Dinaric Mts: lynx Doru, Alojzije, Pino and Emil. According to data from telemetry collars, only two lynx have been successfully integrated into the population. The lynx Alojzije has inhabited the area of ​​southern Velebit where he continuously circulates since May 2020, while the lynx Emil, released in May 2021, is still searching for...

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We began with the fourth season of systematic camera trapping in Slovenia. 51 hunting clubs and 6 state-owned hunting grounds collaborate in this year’s effort for lynx population survey and together with local hunters, we equipped 150 locations with camera traps. Each season represents a new challenge; even though we identified quite some locations where lynx is recorded each season, we still select many new locations for...

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In September project team members form ACDB and Slovenia Forest Service started with the preparatory work for the upcoming lynx capture season in Romania. “During one week of intensive field work we carried out inspections of the already established lynx capture sites and managed to setup one new box trap. On the locations where box traps were set up in previous seasons, we had to renew the barriers around the traps that make it...

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