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Press release on June 10, 2022

Lynx Day: More help needed for brush ears – too few animals for a stable population

Berlin. On the occasion of International Lynx Day on June 11, the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) is calling for more active support for the endangered eared lynx in Germany. The lynx roams through the Bavarian Forest, the Harz Mountains and the Palatinate Forest again – a great success in protecting the species. But these three sediments are isolated from each other. In total, there are only about 125-135 adult lynxes in Germany – very few for the settled population. A recent study found that inbreeding and genetic impoverishment are a problem.

“The lynx is back in Germany. But they desperately need help to be able to spread again in our vast land. The isolated lynx must be exchanged.” Frederic Schulze, BUND Wildlife Expert. Lynxes are not very keen on migration and react sensitively to the fragmentation of the landscape caused by the roads. It has stagnated for years. Many lynxes are run over, others die of diseases or are killed illegally.

More relocation projects are urgently needed to finally tie the lynx together. This requires open dialogue and information to engage the population. In order to be able to migrate better, the lynx and all other wild animals depend on the habitats connected to the network. We need more road crossing aids such as green bridges and underpasses. “Unlawful killings must always be pursued,” Schultz said.

A study by BUND and the University of Freiburg showed that central Germany and especially the Thuringian forest play a major role in the networking of lynx populations. If there were a constant number of lynxes in the Thuringian Forest, the area could become a lynx center in Germany. So BUND has launched new projects in Thuringia and Saxony as part of its “Luchsland Germany” project – in addition to long-term activities in Bavaria and Hesse.

Lynx projects by the federal state:

in Thuringia BUND Thüringen and the WWF together are exploring the possibilities of a new reintroduction project. There are also plans to build a custom-built enclosure and incision in the BUND wildcat village in Hütscheroda. With this enclosure, Wildcat Village would like to become part of a network of zoos and game enclosures, which has embraced the cause of lynx breeding suitable for reintroduction projects. The project is funded by the Thuringian Ministry of the Environment.

in Saxony BUND travels across the country and offers lynx evenings with lectures and a chance for discussion. In addition, as part of the admission study with TU Dresden, it is necessary to find out how livestock owners in Saxony feel about the return of the lynx. The project is funded by the Nature Conservation Fund of the Saxony State Foundation for Nature and the Environment with funding from the Glückspirale lottery.

in Bavaria And the hiss BUND has been active in the lynx field for the longest time: state associations have been involved in political lobbying, in dialogue with decision makers and in public relations on the lynx topic for decades.

Event Notice:

On Lynx Day, June 11, 2022, those interested in lynxes are invited to learn more about the new project in the BUND wildcat village of Hütscheroda in Thuringia. With a bit of luck, it is possible to view the lynx in a largely natural habitat in the lynx display enclosure. From 2pm there will be a colorful family program with WWF. After feeding the lynx at 5 p.m., researchers will provide clear information about the lynx project.

www.bund.net/luchs

Contact:

Friederike Scholz, BUND Wildlife Expert, tel. 030-275 86-566, email: Friederike.Scholz@bund.net

BUND Press Office:

Sigrid Wolf | Daniel Jean | Clara Bellin | Lara Dalbodak

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Publisher: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) eV, Petra Kirberger (viSdP), Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 5, 10553 Berlin

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