Lynx and wolf tours

I’m showing the group typical tracks from Eurasian lynx. Photo: Biotopia.

This last Saturday we organized a guided tour with Eurasian lynx in Uppsala county. The event was put together by Biotopia.

We started the day with looking at typical tracks from lynx and wolf. Then we headed out into the field and soon came across tracks from red fox, roe deer, badger and other animals.

We found fresh tracks from lynx. From top to bottom: the right hind paw, right front paw, left hind paw and left front paw. Photo: Biotopia.

Not so long after, we discovered fresh tracks from a lynx that walked there just a few hours prior. We back-tracked the lynx, looking at its behaviour, scent marks, scats and other things. It was a great day out in the field.

The week before this lynx tour we did one with gray wolf in the northern parts of the county, in the area where the only wolf pack in Uppsala county lives.

We had delicious food prepared by Elles utemat. Photo: Biotopia.

We might organize more of these events in the coming winter season. Shoot me or Biotopia an email if you think it might be interesting to join in some time.

 

 

 

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Videos: Ten things you probably didn’t know about wolf, lynx and brown bear

Biotopia has released three videos where I talk ten things you probably didn’t know about gray wolf, Eurasian lynx and brown bear, respectively. See the videos in Swedish below. English versions will be due in 2018.

I also want to take the opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas! ūüôā

 

Carnivore-proof enclosures

On May 8 and 9 I participated in a course at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station learning how to build carnivore-proof enclosures for sheep and other domestic animals.

The course was very productive and we put up two different types of fences that are very effective to keep wolves out and also work pretty well for lynx and bear.

In the picture, Helena Jones is tying the knots to the electric fence, instructed by Inga √Ąngsteg from Viltskadecenter.

Carnivore census

I have been out censusing carnivores for a few days in the area around Forsmark. I followed the tracks of a family group of lynx, a mother with two kittens for a couple of days. I also tracked marten and mink. There is a lot of roe deer in the area and I also came across tracks from wild boar.

The picture shows a track from a lynx north of Forsmark.