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A dead lynx found on the highway near Brno

A dead lynx found on the highway near Brno

A dead lynx was found on Sunday 27 December on the highway near Brno. Employees of the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic recovered the body that was later handed over for further investigation and autopsy to the Faculty of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno. This is the third documented dead of a male lynx this year. The first incident was the illegal killing of the lynx called Olda, the second victim was a young male hit by a car in Hostýn Hills. Following the filing of a criminal complaint by the Friends of the Earth Czech Republic (Hnutí DUHA), the police are investigating the case on suspicion of unlawful killing of a specially protected animal.

A wolf's journey from Austria to the Doupov mountains

A wolf's journey from Austria to the Doupov mountains

 

A two-year-old female wolf wearing a telemetric collar is now inhabiting the Doupov Mountains. The animal was captured and equipped with the monitoring device in June last year in the Austrian military area of Allensteig, about 40 km south of the Czech border. The monitoring is conducted by experts from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. In the same area, the breeding of wolves was confirmed for the first time in Austria four years ago.

A young lynx from the Beskydy mountains killed by car in Hostýn hills

A young lynx from the Beskydy mountains killed by car in Hostýn hills

On Tuesday, 8 September, in the evening hours, a lynx got hit by a car near the village of Chvalčov in Hostýn Hills (Eastern Moravia). According to the information published on the iDnes.cz website, the driver responsible for killing the rare carnivore drove away from the accident site. The Czech Police, who is also investigating the case, handed over the dead animal to the owners of the surrounding forests, the Archbishop's Forests and Estates Olomouc.

Young wolves spotted in the Czech Beskydy Mountains for the first time this spring

Young wolves spotted in the Czech Beskydy Mountains for the first time this spring

The wolf pack that settled in the Beskydy Mountains near the Czech-Polish border a few years ago gave birth to several pups this spring. It is the first confirmed reproduction of wolves in this area since their return to the Czech side of the range. Another area where the breeding of wolves has been confirmed is the Javorníky Mountains, where wolf pups were monitored last year. In both cases, the information was obtained from the monitoring conducted by the Friends of the Earth Czech Republic (Hnutí DUHA).

The number of wolf packs increased over the last year

The number of wolf packs increased over the last year

According to a comprehensive country-wide field monitoring, there were eighteen wolf territories in 2019 at least partly extending to the Czech Republic. Sixteen of them were located in border areas, some reaching Czech territory only by margins. Thirteen areas were occupied by wolf packs, which in our conditions usually comprise of 4-6 individuals. Compared to 2018, two more territories and three more wolf packs were recorded.

The bear Ema mostly keeps to the Slovak side of Javorníky

The bear Ema mostly keeps to the Slovak side of Javorníky

 

The female bear named Ema has spent the first three months since April when she has been fitted with a GPS collar in the mountains on the Czech-Slovak border. At the moment, her location signal comes from the Slovak part of the Javorníky Mountains where she stays most of the time. However, the total area over which she has travelled since the beginning of telemetric monitoring covers over 1,300 square kilometres.

The first Eurasian lynx to cross from Silesian to Moravian-Silesian Beskydy

The first Eurasian lynx to cross from Silesian to Moravian-Silesian Beskydy

Photomonitoring confirmed the first recorded case of a large carnivore travelling between two West Carpathian mountain ranges, Silesian Beskydy in the north-east and Moravian-Silesian Beskydy to the south-west. Experts from Friends of the Earth Czech Republic identified the lynx captured on a camera trap by his unique pattern of spots. An adult male, first photographed on the 3rd September, was named Bronislav. It is one of the four lynx recorded in the Silesian Beskydy, a mountain range straddling the Czech-Polish border, in the last year.

On the wolf track

On the wolf track

There are several ways how we can learn about the secret life of large carnivores. In modern days, we use technology such as camera traps; we collect scat samples for genetic and diet analyses; or we can track the animal’s exact location in the mountains using GPS telemetry. But to gain any true insight into the hidden life of wolves, lynx, and bears, we must follow their footsteps – quite literally. That's why every year I cannot wait for the winter to come with snow covering the mountains.

 

Telemetry monitoring used to study a lynx in the Moravian Karst

Telemetry monitoring used to study a lynx in the Moravian Karst

Researchers from Mendel University in Brno successfully captured the lynx that has been known to inhabit the forests of Moravian Karst since last year. The male, named Kryštof, was tranquillized and fitted with a telemetry tracking collar. Kryštof suffered no harm during the process and shortly after midnight, he woke up and ran back into the forest. Telemetry tracking will provide zoologists with a unique opportunity to monitor the movements of the animal living outside of the species’ known range.

Make a donation and support large carnivore conservation

Make a donation and support large carnivore conservation

Support the unique project of protection of lynx, wolves and bears in the Beskydy Mountains. In past centuries these carnivores were exterminated and their return needs our help. Local group of Friends of the Earth Czech Republic realize conservation activities focused on field monitoring, education of stakeholders and prevention of poaching.

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