Posts Tagged "C.4 SE Alpine “Stepping Stone”"


We received first movement data of Meri, the first young lynx from Slovenian Alps monitored with telemetry. He is entering one of the most sensitive periods of a lynx’s life; becoming independent and establishing a territory. Immediately after his 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 male, 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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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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The last lynx monitoring season (September 2021 – April 2022) in Slovenia was completed successfully. More than in any other year, lynx kittens were making an appearance in front of the cameras and we obtained high quality images from Menišija, Racna Gora, Mala Gora, Jelovica and Kočevska Reka. For the first time, a female with four cubs was recorded throughout the entire season; this is the resident female Petra, which has been...

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Together with the local hunters we set up 18 camera traps in the area of Jelovica and Pokljuka to find out what is the status of lynxes Tris, Lenka and Zois. Their GPS collars have stopped working in the past few months so we do not know exactly where the lynxes are. All three lynxes were recorded on our camera traps within the last camera trapping survey, but their whereabouts remain unknown since then. Camera traps will show us...

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In June, we confirmed that Aida has three kittens this year and we set a few camera traps near one of the dens. During the denning period, females move their kittens quite often to protect them from potential predators. Our cameras captured the moments when Aida was transferring the kittens. Aida seems to be a good and caring mother that knows how to handle her kittens. However, not all kittens are expected to survive to the adulthood...

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During the mating season, we can always expect intensified lynx interactions. Our colleague from Biotechnical Faculty, Forestry department prepared three animations of lynx movements using GPS data from their telemetry collars. In the first one, you can see all males (Catalin, Goru, Igi and Klif) during their mating trips. Lynxes Klif and Petra, from Kočevsko region, who had four male kittens last season, of which all survived until...

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June is the season of denning. Female lynx usually give birth at the end of May and spend at least two months with the cubs at the denning site, moving them from den to den. In case of Aida, telemetry data was showing us that she was staying confined to a small area since mid-May, indicating potential denning. Causing minimum possible disturbance, we visited the area and confirmed Aida gave birth to three kittens. The kittens were all...

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We are closely monitoring all translocated lynxes with the help of telemetry collars. However, sometimes the equipment does not work as it is supposed to. In December, we noticed, that the batteries of telemetry collars of Tris and Lenka, two lynxes translocated to the Alpine region, are losing power and later on stopped working. The last data we have received from their collars were in the middle of December. Tris and Lenka share a...

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