Any sound implementation of management measures must be based
precise knowledge of the density, population dynamics (reproduction,
mortality and dispersal) and food ecology of the lynx. In Italy, these aspects
of ecology are still unknown, as only methods such as radio-telemetry
can give insight into the ecology of such elusive animals.
Paolo Molinari locating a radio-collard lynx in the Swiss Jura Mountains.
By means of radio-telemetry we can locate the whereabouts of previously captured
lynx precisely, follow their daily movements and gain insight into aspects of their
ecology. However, before we can follow the lynx movements, they need to be
captured and narcotisised in order to fit them with a radio-collar.
A box trap installed on a passage frequently used by lynx.
One method to capture lynx is by means of box traps positioned along
paths that are often used by lynx.
After having caught foxes, martens and badgers finally a lynx was trapped.
A radio-signal gives alarm as soon as the doors of the trap shut. Therefore
we know as soon as an animal is caught. If its a lynx, it is drugged by means
of a syringe applied with a blowpipe. Other animals are released immediately.
The fitting of the radio-collar.
Once the lynx is sleeping we are able to fit the radio-collar, take photos for
future identification, and roughly check its health status. After an hour, the
antidot is applied in order to awake the lynx and release it close to the capture site.
copyright : Progetto Lince Italia
autore: Paolo Molinari