Lengthy-term frequent utilization of a specific web site by lynxes – Zoology by Vadim Sidorovich

Co-author Irina Rotenko

In Naliboki Forest (the central-northern Belarus) in addition to in different habitats in a person lynx residence vary there are rather a lot websites, that are utilized by the person lynx for a variety of functions.

Amongst such websites will be distinguished the next their varieties: marking factors; sleeping or typically resting websites; lairs (breeding dens); searching ambuscades; grooming websites; refuges to keep away from blood-sucking bugs and(or) precipitations; playgrounds of kittens; locations, the place mom lynx can nurse kittens safely and go away them alone for some time. Marking factors are essentially the most quite a few websites of lynxes; significantly grownup males have a whole bunch of them. Nevertheless, nearly every lynx has not a couple of personal websites of the opposite above-listed varieties.

In lots of instances the native habitat circumstances and web site specificity can fulfill essentially the most of lynx necessities akin to sleeping and grooming in a dry spot with out a lot disturbance from blood-sucking bugs and(or) precipitations; efficient searching ambuscade; appropriate marking level; related and protected spot to stick with kittens. Such form of websites are often visited by lynxes reasonably typically. In response to the gained outcomes (Sidorovich, 2022), spatial construction of the lynx inhabitants in Belarus (in Naliboki Forest significantly) is packed; in an grownup male residence vary one to 3 mom lynxes with kittens or non-breeding grownup females in addition to subadult lynxes reside constantly. Subsequently, such multi-functional lynx websites will be visited and used often by totally different people.

Within the beneath video and pictures you will note the lynx web site, which was traced by us throughout seven years and the place we registered 6 totally different grownup males, 4 moms with kittens (one of many moms used the location for 4 years, whereas different mom was registered there for 2 years), and 5 smaller lone lynxes maybe subadults. Throughout these seven years ten days was sufficient to get one lynx go to of this web site. Typically, lynxes visited the location day-after-day and even a number of instances (as much as thrice) per twenty-four hours. The frequency of utilization of the location by lynxes evidently relied on the species inhabitants density in Naliboki Forest. When there have been 4-6 lynxes per 100 sq. km, one lynx go to of the location was documented for 3-5 twenty-four hours on common, whereas after the decline within the lynx native inhabitants as much as 1-3 inds per 100 sq. km one lynx go to of the location was registered for 7-11 twenty-four hours on common.

Within the web site lynxes have been grooming, resting, generally sleeping; they evidently stayed for an ambush searching; used the location as a playground for kittens; mom lynxes nursed kittens or kittens have been consuming one thing that their mom introduced; moms left kittens within the web site for some time to go for searching; additionally, lynxes marked the location incessantly by urine, pores and skin gland secreting, and by scats generally.

The lynx web site consists of a line of 5 giant root plates of uprooted massive spruces, that are stretched on the fringe of treefall. On the inner aspect of those root plates, it’s dry and no wind often. Alongside the sting of treefall simply behind of the foundation plates there’s a pathway, by which appropriate prey of lynxes (roe deer, crimson deer (calves), wild boars (piglets), raccoon canine, crimson foxes, mountain hares stroll not occasionally. Furthermore, close by the lynx web site on the treefall edge a small current clearcut located.  On this clearcut with early reforestation the above-mentioned potential prey of lynxes feed typically. So, the lynxes that keep within the web site at uprooted spruces can relaxation, groom, sleep and use an ambush searching on the identical time. Within the web site a number of trunks of fallen timber located about two metres as excessive. Moreover within the treefall close by the lynx web site there are standing timber.  Subsequently, kittens staying within the spot can escape on the peak simply, if there’s a hazard.

Within the higher video and pictures which are given beneath you see some registrations of lynxes within the web site.

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