Translocated lynx


Romanian LIFE Lynx team is sending good news; shortly after activating the box-traps, they already captured the first lynx this year. A big male, about 2 years old, weigh almost 23 kg, with a nicely spotted fur and a distinguishing feature, a big scar on his left ear, was captured in the Tarcau Mountains. The funny looking ear, might be caused by an old injury, but is fully healed now and it does not seem to bother the lynx. For now,...

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In the beginning of January, the Slovenian and Slovakian LIFE Lynx teams joined forces and activated four box-traps, set in the Slovakian Carpathian Mountains. One box-trap was set and activated in Vtačnik mountains and three box traps in the area of Volovec Mountains, in Betliar hunting ground, managed by Košice enterprise of the Forests of SR. This is the last LIFE Lynx lynx-trapping season in Slovakia and the plan is to capture two...

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We received first movement data of Meri, the first young lynx from Slovenian Alps monitored with telemetry. She is entering one of the most sensitive periods of a lynx’s life; becoming independent and establishing a territory. Immediately after her release on Pokljuka, Meri went to Mežakla, to an area, where lynx Julija was just two days before. Julija could be Meri’s mother, but genetic analyses still have to confirm that. According...

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Friday the 13th was not an unlucky day for our project team, as we successfully captured another young lynx from Slovenian Alps and fitted it with a telemetry collar. This time the triggered trap was set together with the members of Bohinjska Bistrica Hunting Club. In accordance with capturing protocol, the veterinarian who sedated the lynx upon examination found that she was in excellent physical condition and weighed 10.5 kg, which...

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On a Christmas day, we got a message that a trap was triggered and a photo of a young lynx standing in front of the box-trap in Pokljuka. The joy was indescribable, when it was confirmed that we manage to capture the first lynx offspring from Gorenjska region in the Slovenian Alps. The lynx was sedated, measured, and fitted with a telemetry collar. A veterinary examined the lynx and confirmed that it was a female, weighing 12 kg, and...

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In the last days of November, the Slovenian LIFE Lynx team successfully captured lynx Aida and replaced her telemetry collar. The lynx was caught in a box trap set on a forest road where she was regularly recorded during the last camera trapping season. Aida was translocated from Romania and together with male Zois released into the forests of Jelovica plateau in 2021. They established their territories there and already got two...

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When you have three adolescent lynx to feed, feeding at the same time doesn’t seem to be an option. However, eventually everyone gets its turn at the prey remains. The young lynx are now about six months old and will soon have to learn how to catch prey for themselves. Lynx mother Julija lets them fight their own battles, as they will have to when they grow up. Setting camera traps at lynx kill sites gives us an excellent...

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We are using telemetry collars to monitor movement and activity of all translocated lynxes. We are especially interested in their exploratory movements after the release and until they establish their territory. To fully understand this process, we also capture and collar resident animals. At the moment we are monitoring five neighboring lynxes on Velebit Mountains in Croatia, three of them were translocated from the Carpathians and...

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In July, we started with camera trapping in Gorenjska to find out what is the status of lynx Tris, Lenka and Zois, whose telemetry collars stopped working this year. Photographs confirmed that Tris and Lenka are still present in Triglav National Park, so we chose the best locations for their recapture. In cooperation with Bled Hunting Club, LIFE Lynx team set up the first box-trap on the top of an isolated ridge while the second...

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For the fifth season in a row, lynx monitoring with camera traps is being carried out in Slovenia in close cooperation with hunters from hunting clubs and state managed hunting grounds (LPNs). Each year more and more hunting clubs join this activity; this year we joined forces with 58 hunting clubs and six state managed hunting grounds from the Kočevska, Notranjska, Northern Primorska and Gorenjska regions. In each participating...

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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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