From May 10 to12, some 60 experts from continental Europe met in Wöltingerode in the German Harz Mountains to hold a conference and to discuss the concepts and cooperation for the conservation of the Carpathian lynx in West and Central Europe in a workshop. The Carpathian lynx was originally restricted to the Carpathian Mountains. Reintroduction projects have used this subspecies of the Eurasian lynx to restore the former lynx range. Hence a broad and sensible cooperation between all West- and Central European countries is needed to secure the long-term survival of the metapopulation of Carpathian lynx.
© Laurent Geslin
Having escaped extinction, the European wildcat is on the rise again in Switzerland. Although the vast majority of Swiss wildcats are found in the Jura, the species has recently colonised some new areas. The KORA Foundation conducts several surveys with camera traps on the situation of wildcats in the Swiss Central Plateau.
Caught in the photo trap ©AJF GR
M237 was born in the canton of Grisons, was radio-collared by the Office for Hunting and Fishing of the Canton of Grisons and migrated hundreds of kilometres east to the Hungarian-Slovakian border from June 2022 to March 2023. Thus, the canton of Grisons succeeded in documenting the longest dispersal of a wolf in Europe known so far.
Lynx «Sofia» on her way to her new habitat. © E. Furlani
In the canton of Jura, two lynx were captured by KORA in cooperation with the Institute for Fish and Wildlife Health FIWI and the responsible game warden, and were brought to Italy for release at the beginning of March. The purpose of the relocation is to prevent the extinction of lynx in the Dinaric mountains and the south-eastern Alps. Both lynx will be monitored by means of radio collars after their release.
F07 fotografiert von © Charly Gurt
The life expectancy of free-ranging wolves is 12-13 years. F07, a female wolf living in Switzerland since 2011, was camera-trapped in January 2023, as reported by the canton of Graubünden. Her age is estimated at an astonishing 13-14 years. This makes her the oldest female wolf in the country. The story of F07 provides fascinating insights into the colonisation of wolves in Switzerland.