This Wildlife News issue will be focused on a couple of articles.
19-October-2017: A wolf Sighting in the Netherlands (De Veluwe)
There has been a new wolf sighting in the Netherlands. The number of sightings are adding up now, all lone wolves exploring new habitat. They are coming from Germany, where wolves are doing very well.
Additionally, here is a map which gives a good overview of the situation in Germany right now. If you are interested in the evolution across years, definitely check out their website (http://www.lausitz-wolf.de/index.php?id=6).
Lynx “Lilleth” escaped from a Zoo
In Wales (UK), a Eurasian lynx has escaped from the wildlife park ‘Borth Wild Animal Kingdom’. Although there is very little to no chance of the lynx attacking people, caution is needed if approached. It’s been already a crazy ‘hunt’ for this cat. They have put out camera traps around the zoo and set up some traps to try and catch her. Additionally, the zookeepers went out with thermal imaging equipment and nets to increase chances of finding her. Apparently, zookeepers have got very close to the lynx, but she remained uncatchable.
By now, Lilleth the lynx has been roaming around freely for over 2 weeks now. A couple of days ago the first reports came in blaming this lynx for killing seven sheep. Although the zoo said she is looking skinny and from the tracking, they only confirmed her killing rats and possibly a rabbit.
For further information, here are some articles reporting about the lynx:
– Nov 1st – https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/01/escaped-lynx-net-closes-in-on-big-cat-loose-in-welsh-hills
– Nov 7th – Blame for killing sheep and summary of events
– This article starts off with a little video of what to do when a big cat is encountered. Although this is more for the real ‘big’ cats, not really for lynx. A lynx will avoid contact with humans.
UPDATE: November 10th – The escaped lynx is no longer… she has been ‘humanly destroyed’
‘Record’ number of migratory species protected at October wildlife summit
The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) had a meeting in Manila. They adopted 34 proposals to protect threatened species, including giraffes, lions and whale sharks.
Grizzly bears and bear spray
A nice article about bear spray, why to use it and some numbers to prove it actually works. Although this is back in the U.S. and Canada. However, it can be useful in Europe as well, but it’s illegal in most countries.
Satellite eye on Earth: September 2017 – in pictures
Although it’s an article from September, it got published in October. Definitely check out the 4th picture, it’s a timelapse from the construction of the Belo Monte Dam complex in Brazil.
How Ecotourism Is Saving the Brazilian Jaguar from Extinction
- the BBC series Blue Planet 2 started.
- Pumas, Mountain Lions, Cougars can be social.
- Video compilation of camera trap research in Bialowieza Forest, Poland.
The Best od Summer 2017
Przegląd najlepszych nagrań z monitoringu w Puszczy Białowieskiej - lato 2017. -------------------------- The Best of Summer 2017 - recording of the monitoring in the Bialowieza Forest, short review.Posted by Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences on Thursday, 26 October 2017