Monitoring


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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Our photo traps on Mala Gora captured these amazing photos of lynx Teja, her kitten and Goru. We are still waiting for genetic analyses to confirm the paternity of the kitten.  

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Lynx Teja and her kitten

Lynx Teja and her kitten


Posted - Dec 18, 2019

We have already reported the interesting meeting between the lynxes Teja and Goru immediately after his arrival in the territory of Teja. After the first meeting, the lynxes spent an unusually large amount of time together (almost a week) even though it was two months after the mating period, which is usually between late February and the middle of April. Detailed movement is presented in the following animation.     In the...

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Telemetry collars of Goru, Teja and Doru are still regularly sending information about their locations. These collars give us a tiny insight in the mysterious lives of Europe’s largest cats. Data from the collars enable us to find the best places for setting the camera traps, like predation sites. This time, we found remains of Goruˋs prey, a roe deer, and set a camera trap there. With the help of camera trapping videos we can observe...

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Prior to the start of the new camera trapping season, we prepared a report about the results of this activity in the previous year (2018/19). The cameras recorded at least 19 adult lynx in the Slovenian Dinaric Mountains. There were six females with juveniles, most of them captured on cameras in state’s special purpose hunting grounds. Moreover, two of the lynx that we identified in Slovenia were also recorded in Croatia,...

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Mišo, a transnational lynx

Mišo, a transnational lynx


Posted - Aug 13, 2019

We have been monitoring the male lynx Mišo since February 2018, when a Croatian hunter Mihajlo Kovačević captured him on camera at a wild boar feeding facility near Gomirje. After that, we repeatedly photographed Mišo using our camera traps in Gorski Kotar. In December 2018, Mišo was photographed three times in Slovenia in Snežnik area, about 65 km away from the area in Croatia where we recorded it for the first time. Male lynx like...

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For the first time, systematic lynx monitoring with camera traps was conducted in Slovenian Dinaric mountains. Monitoring lasted from August 2018 to April 2019 in the scope of three different projects. Collaboration of hunters was essential for a successful implementation of the monitoring; together with 63 hunters from 35 hunting grounds we set up 191 camera traps! The cameras recorded lynx at 34 locations in 14 hunting grounds. They...

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