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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin / Eichsfeld. As part of a joint research project, the Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) and the University of Göttingen were recently able to photograph a lynx with young in the Thuringian district of Eichsfeld. The young lynx is the first since 2015 to be born in Thuringia outside of the Harz. Lynx are still extremely rare in Germany and so far only live in a few isolated areas, mainly in the Harz, Bavarian Forest and Palatinate Forest. Due to its central location between these areas, Thuringia is therefore of great importance for the networking of lynx populations. In the southern Harz Mountains of Thuringia, the project team recently found a female lynx with young animals. However, the joy is particularly great about the most recent snapshot from the Eichsfeld in northwest Thuringia. “The photo impressively shows that the lynx has meanwhile opened up new habitats south of the Harz Mountains and is also successfully reproducing there,” explains project manager Markus Port (BUND / University of Göttingen). Due to its mix of forest and cultural landscape, the Eichsfeld is actually not a classic lynx habitat. It is therefore eagerly awaited whether the Eichsfeld lynx will manage to develop further habitats in this man-made landscape. “We are happy about every lynx that is born in Thuringia,” says Burkhard Vogel, state manager of BUND Thuringia, but at the same time emphasizes that the spread of the lynx in Germany has so far been too hesitant. “Due to its central location, the Free State of Thuringia plays an outstanding role in the networking of the Harz lynx population with the second larger population in the Bavarian Forest.” This special importance can also be seen in the Thuringian Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation, which promotes the project. “The support of the Luchs project is very important to me, the youngsters in Eichsfeld are very happy”, says Minister Anja Siegesmund. “In order for the lynx to become permanently at home in central Germany outside of the Harz Mountains, it is necessary to know more about these shy animals and to give them an intact habitat. This includes not only occurrences, but especially the measures that we could implement to support the spread ”, explains the minister. In addition to field research, the development of a dispersion model is also promoted. Under the leadership of Marco Heurich at the University of Freiburg, this model is investigating how the spread and survival of the lynx in central Germany can be supported. Field research in northwest Thuringia is actively supported by forest owners, hunters and the local forestry offices. “Without the support of those involved on site, the implementation of the lynx project would hardly be possible,” said Markus Port. Many hunters would also be happy to have the lynx as an occasional guest in their hunting grounds, even though concerns about the roe deer and fallow deer populations are occasionally mixed up. This concern is understandable, says Port, since deer are the main prey of lynxes. On the other hand, the Eichsfeld offers excellent living conditions for deer. “Nothing should stand in the way of a coexistence between man and lynx.” The project will continue until April 2021.More informationTo overview


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