Caucasian Lynx Sighted in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge


05.12.2014

The cameras installed in FPWC's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) have recorded a rare footage of a Caucasian Lynx (Lynx lynx dinniki), a local subspecies of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) which is listed as "least concern" in the IUCN Red List.

Compared to the Eurasian lynx the Caucasian lynx has the same body build, but has very heavy spotting on the body. Recognized by its short tail, short body, long whiskers on its face, and black hair on the edges of its ears, the carnivorous predator is capable of killing prey 3-4 times its size and consumes up to two kilograms of meat a day.

Caucasian lynx is the largest of the four lynx species and the third largest predator in Europe after the Brown Bear and the Grey Wolf. Eurasian Lynx can be found in the forests of Western Europe, Russia, and central Asia. Although it is native in Armenia (specifically in Ararat, Tavush, Lori, Kotayq, Syunik and Gegharquniq regions), its numbers in the country have dramatically decreased and they are rarely seen. Illegal skin trade, habitat loss and prey base depletion are the mayor threats to the animal. This is the third footage this year of the Caucasian Lynx in the CWR, which shows the success of the conservation efforts in the CWR and the importance of protected areas for the existence of this species.