Balkan Lynx Threatened

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A Balkan lynx. Poaching is one of the biggest threats to the survival of this Balkan subspecies of the European lynx, the largest wild cat found on the continent.
From Physorg.com ‘”The lynx has no natural enemy except man,” said Georgi Ivanov, an ecologist working on a project to monitor lynx numbers in western Macedonia’s Galicica National Park, where 30 such cameras have been set up.

Poaching is one of the biggest threats to the survival of this Balkan subspecies of the European lynx, the largest wild cat found on the continent.

Though its overall numbers are uncertain, they seem to hover dangerously around the 100 scientists say are needed for their population to remain stable.

In Albania and Macedonia, foreign experts put their number at less than 80 though local counterparts say there are fewer than 40. The estimates in neighbouring Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia are even worse.”

Details here.

Comments

  1. #1 Stacy
    February 22, 2009

    I love cats. They are absolutely my favorite. All types. This makes me so sad. :-( Why can’t people just leave them alone?

    On a brighter note … we had a Florida Panther in our back yard area for a couple of weeks. The Florida Panther is doing very well I understand.

    Education, education, education.

  2. #2 Bashkim Bajrakatri
    February 22, 2009

    Poverty and ignorance is the source of this terrible result.
    In our area you see people displaying their fur. Now they have nothing. This is sad to bring in extinction these beauty of nature.