The First Density Estimation of an Isolated Eurasian Lynx Population in Southwest Asia

Avgan, Batur; Zimmermann, Fridolin; Güntert, Marcel; Arıkan, Fehmi; Breitenmoser, Urs (2014). The First Density Estimation of an Isolated Eurasian Lynx Population in Southwest Asia. Wildlife biology, 20(4), pp. 217-221. Bertelsen 10.2981/wlb.00025

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During November 2010–February 2011, we used camera traps to estimate the population density of Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx in Ciglikara Nature Reserve, Turkey, an isolated population in southwest Asia. Lynx density was calculated through spatial capture—recapture models. In a sampling eff ort of 1093 camera trap days, we identifi ed 15 independent individuals and estimated a density of 4.20 independent lynx per 100 km2, an unreported high density for this species. Camera trap results also indicated that the lynx is likely to be preying on brown hare Lepus europaeus, which accounted for 63% of the non-target species pictured. As lagomorph populations tend to fl uctuate, the high lynx density recorded in Ciglikara may be temporary and may decline with prey fl uctuation. Therefore we recommend to survey other protected areas in southwestern Turkey where lynx is known or assumed to exist, and continuously monitor the lynx populations with reliable methods in order to understand the populations structure and dynamics, defi ne sensible measures and management plans to conserve this important species.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Center for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)

UniBE Contributor:

Breitenmoser, Urs

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0909-6396

Publisher:

Bertelsen

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lucia Gugger-Raaflaub

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2015 12:24

Last Modified:

27 Mar 2015 11:31

Publisher DOI:

10.2981/wlb.00025

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.66310

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66310

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