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It’s mating season for Eurasian lynx in northern Dinaric Mountains in Slovenia. Video shows monitoring of lynx prey remains – red deer calf – shared by a pair of lynx (radiocollared female named “Maja” and an unknown male). Lynx are usually solitary, but pair stays together for about a week during mating. They were returning for several days until carcass was completely consumed. To hear lynx calling turn on your speakers. Monitoring was done as part of research at Biotechnical faculty at University of Ljubljana.
Video copyright Miha Krofel
Fantastic views of a radio collared Lynx nr. Andujar on 14th February 2012. Believed to be a female nicknamed Elam born in 2008. This was one of three sightings during the week (the other two sightings were of uncollared animals).
Happy Valentines Day to all our cat loving readers! This adorable photo is courtesy of the Scottish Wildcat Association, and is just too cute not to pass on.
Although wildcats look similar to domestic cats, these are no feral or farm cats run wild; they’re Britain’s only remaining large wild predator and have walked this land for millions of years before mankind arrived or domestic cats appeared. Every inch a cat in every sense of the word, the Scottish wildcat epitomizes the independent, mysterious and wild spirit of the Highlands like no other creature. SWC website.
“They’ll fight to the death for their freedom; they epitomize what it takes to be truly free I think.”
Many of our ISEC Canada members are keen photographers, and include both amateur and professional photogs. We are always happy to showcase wild cat photos on this blog, so if you have any pictures you would like to brag about, please email them to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on photos to enlarge.
Our wandering member Ben Williams in the United Kingdom has sent us more wild cat photos, this time of a beautiful Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx, taken at Newquay Zoo, Cornwall, UK.
These are the largest cats in the lynx family. Russia comprises 75% of their range, and they are also found in Scandinavia, China, and temperate climes of Central Asia. Scattered populations remain in eastern and western Europe. Eurasian lynx inhabit mainly forest areas with dense cover, cold semi-desert, tundra, open woodland and scrub up to 4700 m in the Himlalayas.
The population of these cats is considered secure, with large areas of their massive range still intact, especially in Russia where the population is estimated at 30,000-35,0000 animals. They are no longer legally hunted for the fur trade, but illegal trade continues throughout parts of their range.
Wild cats can’t be saved without knowing what they need to survive in their natural habitat. What kind of habitat do they use? What are their activity patterns & social organizations? Without data collected by field biologists, conservation programs can’t be put in place. To further our educational efforts, we are posting regular Monday summaries of a paper written by wild cat field biologists, which briefly outlines their findings.
Studying cryptic animals requires dedicated field work and careful planning depending on habitat and behaviour of the target animal. However, use of camera traps now provides a non-invasive technique to detect and monitor wildlife, especially nocturnal carnivores; it can also be used to estimate population sizes of animals with special markings or patterns. We have used systematic and opportunistic camera trapping in central and northeastern Turkey, respectively, to inventory local carnivores. Our surveys yielded six Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx photos in Artvin, and eight in Ankara, constituting the first time this species was documented by camera traps in Turkey.
Huseyin Ambarli,Deniz Mengulluoglu, C Can Bilgin
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