The Eurasian lynx, our largest wild cat, has been a new inhabitant of the Protected Landscape Area Moravian Karst at least since last September. It was directly observed and documented by the scientists from Mendel University in Brno Martin Duľa and Miroslav Kutal. It now appears that the lynx is permanently present in the Moravian Karst and the wider area of Drahany Highlands. The experts confirmed its presence by recording the animal's tracks during the joint monitoring. The conclusive evidence came from the camera trap installed near the killed prey.
A new study published in open-access journal PLOS ONE  explores factors behind the slow process of grey wolf recolonization in the Beskydy Mountains along the Czech-Slovak border. The area represents the edge of the wolf distribution in the Western Carpathians. Wolves, while legally hunted in Slovakia, are very rare in the Beskydy. Their absence contrasts with the more common occurrence of the Eurasian lynx, a species fully protected in both countries. Ungulate dynamics and wolf hunting in the core area in Slovakia appear to have a significant impact on wolf occurrence at the range margin.
At the beginning of March, a wolf died on the D1 highway connecting cities of Prague and Brno. It is justone of many wild animals that become victims of road traffic every year. The incident re-opens the question of wildlife-friendly road construction which would take into consideration the needs of wild animals to move freely through the landscape.
The camera traps installed by the Friends of the Earth CZ "Lynx Patrols" at the foothills of the Bohemian Forest range recorded two videos showing a small carnivore which looks remarkably like a wildcat. The appearance and behaviour of the animal correspond to those of a rare creature which vanished from our nature about two hundred years ago. Videos were recorded at the edge of the Šumava Protected Landscape Area. The new footage belongs to the list of fewer than ten records of wildcat in the modern history of the Czech Republic.
Launching the monitoring of large carnivores in Krušné hory: Will volunteers confirm the presence of wolves?
Camera traps in the Krušné hory (Ore Mountains) have recorded a dog-like animal, most likely a wolf. Friends of the Earth CZ (Hnutí DUHA Olomouc) helped by the volunteers of Wolf Patrols and in partnership with the state nature conservation agency are monitoring the wider area of Krušné hory since autumn 2016, searching for any occurrence signs of large carnivores, particularly wolves and the Eurasian lynx. The conservationists have just shared first camera trap images.
Supporters of large carnivores have a reason to celebrate. Romanian government announced on the 4th October that it will no longer allow hunting of large carnivores for “trophies”. According to experts, trophy hunting represents one of the major threats to European significant populations of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wildcats in Romania.
Nearly half a century ago, Bavarian and Czech conservationists began to contemplate the idea of returning the Eurasian lynx back to the ecosystem of the Bohemian Forest. Amid the discussions surrounding the establishment of national parks on both sides of the national border, a group of expert and amateur conservationists was formed with the aim to promote the return of endangered or locally extinct species including the Eurasian lynx.
Wolf pack that settled in the Broumov region in autumn 2015 welcomed at least two newborn pups this spring. Reproduction success was confirmed over the summer when Friends of the Earth field workers managed to record pack's howling and the pups appeared on the camera trap footage. This proves that there are at least four wolves now living in the Broumov area. The following video montage showing Broumov young wolves in play expands our current knowledge of the grey wolf distribution in the Czech Republic.
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.