Uncle Henry´s Universe.

Uncle Henry´s Universe.

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I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

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LynxPosted by Uncle Henry Sat, January 23, 2016 16:34:52

It's been another great winter week with about 20 degrees below zero and lots of interesting tracking. It began with wolves (scabies infected, tragically in the biting cold) but ended with tracking of the season's first lynx, a female with a cub. It was far nicer.

Over long distances, you could not see that there was more than one animal treading in the tracks, but then suddenly, when they jump down a slope, it turns out to be two.

In some places appear that the female marked her territory, in other that kid become restless and started to play around a bit, but almost immediately continue their targeted journey towards bushland rich in roe deer and hares.

Lynx weighs slightly compared to a tracker, still a little chubby after Christmas and New Year holidays. (A beaver insidious dam subjected me to several unplanned plunge, but it is claimed that the winter bathing is good for the character.)

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LynxPosted by Uncle Henry Sun, February 15, 2015 20:22:53

Last week has been a lonely cat walk. I have been following up reports of family groups of lynx, but only found solitary animals. The population has really decreased in our area in recent years. Sadly, it is an absolutely fantastic predator; hopefully it's just a temporary setback.

It is noteworthy that even experienced hunters often miss judge tracks from lynx. They think they see traces of animals with different size of the paws and report it as family group, when in fact it is only one animal that walked on a bit different surfaces. (Although other factors such as speed and gangue influences the track size.)

On hard ground footprint is slightly larger than that of the red fox. Approximately 7-9 cm long (Red fox; 5-7 cm) While dogs have a symmetric paw (where you cannot distinguish between right and left footprint) have cats an asymmetrical. The picture shows clearly that it is a right front paw. (Compare with your right hand) That there is a front paw shown by the shape of the metatarsal pad, it curves slightly inwards. (Rear foot metatarsal pad bulge slightly outward)

The lynx has built in snowshoes! On loose surfaces, it sprawls with its paw to obtain as good carrying capacity as possible. There are only a few meters between the above two pictures, but it is the same animal, only the snow cover is different. Not infrequently is this larger type of lynx tracks reported as wolf tracks.

If the tracks are affected by thaw one day they will be impressive, suddenly, we have very clear traces from our "European tiger".

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Big cat vs. Big dog!

LynxPosted by Uncle Henry Fri, March 22, 2013 17:25:25

During clear nights in March, it happens that we hear shouting / barking lynx males that pass our farm. It's mating season and they are looking for a female. Rännberg, the nature reserve we live at, is a well-known mountain where lynx mate.

For me, is probably the sound of lynx males more associated with wilderness, than howling wolves. I have heard them so much over the years that it's almost lost its magic. But why choose, it is better to hear both wolf and lynx at the same time, right?

It has actually happened to me on one occasion. I recorded a howling wolf when suddenly a shouting lynx interfering in concert. It was a pretty okay experience of nature!

Want to hear how it sounded? Click here!

(There are sometimes problems with soundcloud, you may need to try on different occasions.)

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Hobbes, a special acquaintance.

LynxPosted by Uncle Henry Tue, February 19, 2013 08:32:31

If you ever felt on a lynx claw, the word sharpness get a new meaning! They are really sharp, and they have 20 of them. At one point in the early nineties, I got acquainted with a young male lynx that would be anesthetized and be provided with a radio transmitter. It was the first time a wild lynx would be radiolabeled in Sweden.

The idea was that I should keep the cat while the researcher gave it a syringe in the ass ... Good thinking! Problem was simply that the lynx would not allow itself to be caught! It WAS a mistake that we forgot to secure one of the snares. (Of course, the snare he got stuck in) It gave the animal a operating radius of 20 meters instead of the intended 2 meters.

After a number of more or less unsuccessful hunting leap (which probably would have got all the predators in the world being ashamed to death, if they have seen it!) We finally met head to head under a granary, that's when he showed me his sharp claws. Eight of them stroked quite next to my nose. It was thrilling! All too exciting for my taste ...

As most of you probably know, is a kitten relaxed and passive when the mother lift it by the scruff ... Do not do that with a lynx! It does not work. I expected to grab a relaxed woolly cuddly toy but met a guy in full battle mode and I can promise you, that hurt!

Everything finally worked. The lynx got its transmitter, the scientist (yes, the lynx got him, too) and I got a tetanus shot at the local hospital, and then we all got a very exciting summer together. But that's another story.

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Lynx inventory

LynxPosted by Uncle Henry Tue, February 12, 2013 10:04:12

This year Lynx inventory is approaching its end, even if all family groups in the county have not been found and documented. In early March starts the rut and then it becomes more likely that the two tracks together is all about a pair of lovers, than it would be a female with a cub.

Early in the season, and if the snow is wet, which give clear footprints, you can often tell the difference between the adult female's paw prints compared to cubs, which is slightly smaller. The picture shows tracks from a lynx female and cub. ( cub was submitted at the prey while the female walked away for a moment.) Unlike dog feets, cat's feets are asymmetric (like humans feets), so it is easy to distinguish between right and left footprints.

One winter night in the late eighties, I was privileged to study a female lynx and her cub. Under cover of darkness, they visited a roe deer, the female killed a few days earlier. It was an amazing experience to see the shy cats, only a few feet away and in a few hours time. Although I clearly saw their big soft feet trampling the snow-covered ground I did not hear the slightest sound, they moved silently. However, I was very surprised by how loud conversation was between mother and baby, the contact call was a very sharp and crisp sound.

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