Monitoring


In Slovenia, summer time is dedicated to wrapping up the finalized season of camera trapping and preparing for the next one. In collaboration with hunters, we have surveyed lynx and other wildlife at 158 camera trapping locations within 49 hunting grounds between late August 2020 and early April 2021. We obtained more than 45.000 photos of wildlife, from which lynx was recorded on 359 photos at 45 different locations. We identified 22...

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“Forest highway”

“Forest highway”


Posted - Jul 7, 2021

A mountain ridge above the Kolpa valley could also be called the »Forest highway«. This is one of the best locations for camera trapping in Slovenia. Many forest animals were photographed here, including the lynx. At least three different lynxes passed this location. We are analyzing this season’s camera trapping data! Final results of lynx monitoring in Slovenia in 2020/2021 will be available...

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Where is Emil?

Where is Emil?


Posted - Jun 2, 2021

Since his release by the mountain hut Apatišan in Croatia, lynx Emil crossed the National Park Northern Velebit and made a short stop by the sea. Shortly after, he looked again for a forest cover and he is now back in the Nature Park Velebit.

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LIFE Lynx project team is closely monitoring how the five lynxes translocated to the Southern Alps in Slovenia are exploring their new environment. According to the latest data from their telemetry collars, Zois and Aida stayed in the broader area of Jelovica and Tris, Julija, and Lenka are exploring the Triglav National Park and other parts of the Pokljuka plateau. We also checked the situation in the field and we discovered that all...

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We received the first data from the telemetry collars of Tris, Julija, Lenka, Zois and Aida, five lynxes released in Gorenjska region at the end of April this year. All of them stayed in the area of the region where released them. Lenka and Julija stayed together in Triglav National Park, Tris moved a little bit to the south, but also stayed on the Pokljuka plateau. Zois and Aida also stayed in the area of release, and moved a bit...

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For achieving our main project goal – rescuing the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population from extinction, we have already translocated seven lynxes from the Carpathians to the Dinarics in the years 2019-2020, where five animals came from Romania and two from Slovakia. Out of those seven animals, we are still monitoring five, as two collars stopped working. Here we present the status of the translocated lynxes we monitored during this...

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In the beginning of March 2021, a female lynx Petra was captured in Kočevsko and equipped with GPS-collar. After few weeks, first results from the telemetry tracking are now available. We found out that Petra is still accompanied with a kitten born in 2020 and that she is hunting successfully. We have set cameras at one of her last kill sites and we recorded Petra feeding on roe deer. When she finished feeding, her kitten arrived and...

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On March 20, LIFE Lynx project researchers fitted with a telemetry collar another resident female lynx from Slovenia. The lynx looked healthy, but after sedation, the veterinarian noticed she has serious heart problems (heart murmur). After the lynx was fitted with a collar, she woke up from the anesthesia, but unfortunately died two days after. The body of the lynx was taken to the Veterinary authorities for an autopsy. Research from...

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On March 1, 2021, an adult resident female lynx from Kočevsko area was caught in a box trap. The capture was led by the team from Department of Forestry from Biotechnical faculty and assisted by the Slovenia Forest Service team, ZOO Ljubljana and local hunters. After her sedation, the team took all biometric measures and estimated her age between 4 and 5 years old. She was in good physical condition, and weighed 16 kg and at the time...

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Lynx Niko’s independence

Lynx Niko’s independence


Posted - Mar 2, 2021

Lynx Niko, one of last year’s offspring of Goru and Teja, left his mother’s territory in December and began his journey to independence. Biologists at Biotechnical Faculty were surprised that just two weeks after they fitted him with a telemetry collar, the young male wandered far from his mother’s familiar territory. Generally, juvenile lynx leave their mothers at 10-11 months of age, so this early independence was...

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Ris Maks left the Notranjska region in November last year and began his journey to the north of Slovenia. He travelled a long way and spent some time in the wider area of Kranjska Gora. Then he went back to the outskirts of Jelovica, almost the same way he came. In the last week, Maks has returned to the area of the Triglav National Park and this time too he chose an interesting route around Lake Bohinj.

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