31 Jul '13, 6pm

Balkan lynx conservation unifies neighboring countries

Balkan lynx conservation unifies neighboring countries

Balkan lynx is a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx ) which used to live on most of the Balkan peninsula until it almost went extinct in the 1940s due to uncontrolled hunting and forest destruction. Long suspected extinct, it was rediscovered in 2007 by a camera trap photo in Mavrovo National Park, Macedonia. Since then, researchers have identified that 50 or 60 Balkan lynx remain on the peninsula. Lynx are nocturnal species, very elusive and shy – hardly ever spotted by humans. There are no records of lynx attacking humans in recent history and they rarely attack livestock. With so few individuals remaining, loss of genetic diversity may be a serious threat. Inbreeding could lead to negative health effects and put to risk the entire population. There is currently an ongoing debate on whether the re-introduced Carpathian lynx from Croatia and Slovenia should be all...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0731-dimitrova-balkan-lynx....

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