Genetics help improve lynx trapping in Romania

Posted - Oct 8, 2019


Genetic monitoring of lynx population is a key activity in the LIFE Lynx project. Even implemented at a lower scale in Romania we relay on the information from genetic monitoring to have a better understanding of the genetic structure of lynx in the Carpathians and to improve our approach on choosing the trapping sites. In the season 2018/2019 Romanian team gathered 47 samples, that were analyzed at genetics laboratory at Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana. Nine different lynx were recognized in the analyses.  At this point ACDB team is preparing for a new season for collecting genetic samples and we expect to have 2-3 times more samples collected than we planned in the project.

Collecting noninvasive genetic samples in the Carpathians. Photo Andrea Gazzola, LIFE Lynx