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 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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