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1 August 2014 The first density estimation of an isolated Eurasian lynx population in southwest Asia
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During November 2010–February 2011, we used camera traps to estimate the population density of Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx in Ciglikara Nature Reserve, Turkey, an isolated population in southwest Asia. Lynx density was calculated through spatial capture—recapture models. In a sampling eff ort of 1093 camera trap days, we identifi ed 15 independent individuals and estimated a density of 4.20 independent lynx per 100 km2, an unreported high density for this species. Camera trap results also indicated that the lynx is likely to be preying on brown hare Lepus europaeus, which accounted for 63% of the non-target species pictured. As lagomorph populations tend to fl uctuate, the high lynx density recorded in Ciglikara may be temporary and may decline with prey fl uctuation. Therefore we recommend to survey other protected areas in southwestern Turkey where lynx is known or assumed to exist, and continuously monitor the lynx populations with reliable methods in order to understand the populations structure and dynamics, defi ne sensible measures and management plans to conserve this important species.

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Batur Avgan, Fridolin Zimmermann, Marcel Güntert, Fehmi Arıkan, and Urs Breitenmoser "The first density estimation of an isolated Eurasian lynx population in southwest Asia," Wildlife Biology 20(4), (1 August 2014). https://doi.org/10.2981/wlb.00025
Accepted: 16 May 2014; Published: 1 August 2014
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