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Old 22.06.2011, 21:17
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A wolf and a lynx.

There had been signs for some time of the presence of a wolf in the Jura, right on the French border very close to our house. Final photographic proof was obtained the other day. This is the first time a wolf has been confirmed in the Jura, and it could well have crossed over to CH and be close to our house.

Sadly a two year old female lynx was killed a few 100 metres from our house, hit by a car in the early hours last Sunday. She was strong and in excellent health - sad news.
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Old 22.06.2011, 21:34
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

It is great news that these animals are able to return to their natural habitat. Sad about the Lynx though
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Old 22.06.2011, 22:07
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

Let's hope the local rednecks don't reach for the guns!

The wolves first came naturally from the Abruzzo region of Italy, via the Parc du Mercantour in France. They have been fairly regular visitors to the Swiss Alps, but never recorded in the Jura, although many felt that they were present.

Lynx were re-introduced in the Jura in the 70s- and have been very successful. My parents saw one when they were x-country skiing below Chasseron in the 80s - a memory they cherished forever.
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It is great news that these animals are able to return to their natural habitat.
Until they kill your sheep
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

Yes - that's tough. But there are many ways known to help protect livestock against attack. And of course full compensation is available in CH. Lynx mainly predates on chamois and other smaller mammals. Indeed they were re-introduced to predate on chamois which were proliferating a bit too freely. Of course hunters would rather keep chamois for themselves.
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

Yes - that's tough. But there are many ways known to help protect livestock against attack. And of course full compensation is available in CH.
Lynx were actually re-introduced to be natural predators to the chamois, which were proliferating a bit too freely since their re-introduction- they very rarely kill sheep or other farm animals.
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

We live in a quiet spot right on the edge of the forest at the bottom of the alps vaudois and saw a lynx in our garden in the depth of the last winter. It came a couple of times just as dusk fell to drink from our pond which we keep ice-free so the local wildlife have some access to water. Never thought I would see one at our altitude. I've seen wildcats before but this was a much more impressive beast.
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

No wolves, lynxes and snakes in our garden I saw little frogs in the forest the other day. Yesterday I found a small baby lizard in the kitchen and struggled to catch it to set it free near pebbles in the garden, which is their natural habitat. If any other reptiles, mammals or rodents appear, I will keep you folks updated did I mention that rain spiders occasionally infest our bedroom
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No wolves, lynxes and snakes in our garden I saw little frogs in the forest the other day. Yesterday I found a small baby lizard in the kitchen and struggled to catch it to set it free near pebbles in the garden, which is their natural habitat. If any other reptiles, mammals or rodents appear, I will keep you folks updated did I mention that rain spiders occasionally infest our bedroom
In a garden apartment you tend to get more visitors who crawl in. Good on you to take them outside rather than kill them. That is the best use of window envelopes I know of.
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

I think Lynx are the most beautiful of cats... very sad.


when I was a kid we used to go to a small zoo near the world famous Magnetic Hill ( Moncton, N.B.) and there were always a few sad looking animals in cages far too small... except for the Lynx... he ( she'? ) would always be on his feet , prowling the cage, looking for a way out , looking at you looking at him, thinking no doubt, I could take him down.

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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

There has been, for quite a while, a lone female wolf, whose large territory includes a lot of the Freiburger Voralps , and seems to be increasing with time.

From time to time there are reports in the local paper of sheep being found dead - slowly encroaching towards populated areas (but not a danger, to people).
There was another one just a week or so back, so it appears she is spending more time in this part of her territory.

Although, since reintroduction, wolves have protected status from Farmer Fritz and hunters, the situation with the farmers whose sheep have been killed is becoming quite tenuous, resulting in an anti- vs. pro-wolf confrontation a little while back.
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In a garden apartment you tend to get more visitors who crawl in. Good on you to take them outside rather than kill them. That is the best use of window envelopes I know of.
My wife was already screaming "kill it!" from other corner I decided to embrace attitude "save-the-planet-and-little-creatures" living on it though, as I always do anyway

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There has been, for quite a while, a lone female wolf, whose large territory includes a lot of the Freiburger Voralps , and seems to be increasing with time.

From time to time there are reports in the local paper of sheep being found dead - slowly encroaching towards populated areas (but not a danger, to people).
There was another one just a week or so back, so it appears she is spending more time in this part of her territory.

Although, since reintroduction, wolves have protected status from Farmer Fritz and hunters, the situation with the farmers whose sheep have been killed is becoming quite tenuous, resulting in an anti- vs. pro-wolf confrontation a little while back.
If you see carcasses of dead animals it must have been a werewolf.
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

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There had been signs for some time of the presence of a wolf in the Jura, right on the French border very close to our house. Final photographic proof was obtained the other day. This is the first time a wolf has been confirmed in the Jura, and it could well have crossed over to CH and be close to our house.

Sadly a two year old female lynx was killed a few 100 metres from our house, hit by a car in the early hours last Sunday. She was strong and in excellent health - sad news.
The guy that ran that linx over must have a had a heart attack! they are pretty big heavy animals, it must have destroyed the front of his car!

An Alaskan friend told me that occationally motorists accidently hit Moose, the problem is a Moose is so big the car hits them at about knee level, and the whole body of the moose falls on the passanger compartment generally killing the people in the car.

I can imagine what I would say if I had hit that linx late at night, 'Jesus! I think I've killed a thundercat!'
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I can imagine what I would say if I had hit that linx late at night, 'Jesus! I think I've killed a thundercat!'
As long as it isn't Lion-O...

I am happy to hear wolfs are getting a bit of space again I love to hear about animal reintegration stories that end well (like the Spanish squirrels that cost the Spanish Government some Euros, but they ended up going over the border to settle with Portuguese nuts hihihihihihi)


Pity for the big kitty though
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Re: A wolf and a lynx.

I saw a wolf 2 weeks ago above Villeneuve, just a glance from few meters, and he disappeared in bushes, about 1500m high. Very shy animals, indeed. I am glad nature here is Suisse appears so preserved and protected, although I do not miss the only beast I am afraid to encounter in european mountains - bear. We have plenty of them back home in Slovakia. Encounters are not so rare, and sometimes quite dramatic.
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