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27 March 2019 Rocks rock: the importance of rock formations as resting sites of the Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx
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Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx L. are recolonizing parts of their former range in Europe. Not only are lynx strictly protected as a species, but also their habitat and in particular their resting sites are protected. As the known characteristics of lynx resting sites are restricted to vegetation structure, it is difficult to take resting sites into account in planning processes. Here, we show the importance of rock formations for potential resting sites selection and analyzed the frequencies at which GPS-collared lynx returned to potential resting sites in the Bohemian Forest Ecosystem at the border between the Czech Republic and Germany. Lynx showed a strong selection for proximity of rocks for resting site selection, and the distance of potential resting sites to rocks was an important predictor for determining whether lynx return to the resting site or not. Furthermore, the frequency of returns to the resting site was positively influenced by the distance to roads and geomorphology. Our findings highlight the importance of rock formations as resting sites for lynx, which can help with the implementation of concrete protection measures.

© 2019 The Authors. This is an Open Access article This work is licensed under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY). The license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Johannes Signer, Marc Filla, Sebastian Schoneberg, Thomas Kneib, Ludek Bufka, Elisa Belotti, and Marco Heurich "Rocks rock: the importance of rock formations as resting sites of the Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx," Wildlife Biology 2019(1), (27 March 2019). https://doi.org/10.2981/wlb.00489
Accepted: 11 January 2019; Published: 27 March 2019
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