Saturday, January 02, 2010

1000 volunteers counting lynx in Finland

1000 Volunteers Counting Lynx
published today 07:03 PM

Around 1000 volunteers were out on Saturday in the western Uusimaa region of southern Finland looking for lynx tracks in the deep snow. Their findings will help experts estimate how many of the wildcats there are in the area.

The volunteers were especially interested in tracks left by cubs in the latest litters. On the basis of an estimate of litters, the total number of lynx can be calculated. Previous studies in the Nordic region have shown that for each litter, there are 5-6 adults in the wild.

Organized by the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Saturday's search covered around 5000 kilometres of routes that were thought likely to turn up with lynx tracks. Most of the volunteers for the project came from 130 hunting clubs.

The population of lynx in Finland apparently doubled between 1994 and 2007, when it was estimated at between 1,350 and 1,500 individuals.



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