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Lynx dependancy to highway pipes – Zoology by Vadim Sidorovich


Co-author Irina Rotenko

In one of many former posts we’ve already addressed to the query of utilization of highway pipes by lynxes. Within the given publish we offer some additional outcomes on the query together with respective video-footage, whereas the previous publish was illustrated solely by photo-registrations.

Lynxes go to highway pipes very often.  Within the heat season, they primarily use highway pipes with out working water. In winter, when water is roofed with ice, nearly all pipes which are massive sufficient are in lynx utilization. We tried to analyze this phenomenon and located 4 totally different functions of lynxes to return to a highway pipe. First, a highway pipe is one thing visually excellent within the habitat construction at forest highway. Such outstanding spots are marked by carnivores, together with lynxes. Snowtracking knowledge recommend that about 88% of visits of highway pipes by lynxes (n=324) was, no less than, partly for territorial marking. Additionally, we seen  that in 59% of the registered instances lynxes have been strolling on the road-forest ecotone, then they entered the highway pipes and all of a sudden (i.e. all of a sudden for a doable prey) appeared on the other aspect of the highway.  As soon as, a lynx killed a roe deer on the reverse aspect of the highway near the pipe entrance. One other time a raccoon canine was killed by a lynx with such a way. So, passing highway pipe by lynx has additionally a looking sense. Throughout wet climate or moist snow cowl lynxes, whereas getting into a highway pipe, shake up and typically roll to dry the moist fur (32 registrations), and typically they relaxation inside (10 registrations, no less than). Three of the ten resting (perhaps hunt-watching on the identical time) continued for fairly lengthy, roughly for 7, 11 and 14 hours. Being inside highway pipe, lynxes couched on some substratum inside (sand, dry stays of vegetation).

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