Interference competition between lynx and wolf

To study lynx-wolf interference through telemetry means having both wolves and lynxes (radio/GPS) collared in the same study area; as stated before this requires a huge effort and investment. If the result of such a study is that both species are overlapping in home-range and frequently using the same sites, what does this say about the relation between both species? Does this necessarily mean there is no interference competition between the two predators, as suggested by some researchers? We believe not. Continue reading Interference competition between lynx and wolf

Home range size, structure and usage of housing spots

To answer some basic questions on home range size and structure we followed several individual lynxes in two study areas:  Naliboki Forest (central-western Belarus) and Paazierre Forest (northern Belarus). We used (manifold) snow tracking, VHF-telemetry and GPS-GSM telemetry. Continue reading Home range size, structure and usage of housing spots

Lynx population dynamics in relation to prey supply and diet (Paazierrie Forest)

Between 1985 and 2010, lynx population dynamics were studied in relation to prey supply (abundance of hares, Tetraonids and roe deer) and lynx diet in Paazierrie Forest (northern Belarus). Continue reading Lynx population dynamics in relation to prey supply and diet (Paazierrie Forest)

Distribution patterns and habitat combinations inhabited by lynx in Belarus

With the plan in mind to write a book about the lynx in Belarus, we first of all aimed to investigate aspects of the species’ population ecology which were insufficiently studied across its range. At the same time, we wanted to present the main regional characters of lynx ecology in the main types of habitat combinations related to soil, climate and relief: diet and distribution patterns. Continue reading Distribution patterns and habitat combinations inhabited by lynx in Belarus