This project is a collaboration between NIBIO Svanhovd and the Natural Resources Institute Finland – Luke (Katja Holmala) in Finland.

A lynx (Photo credit: Bernard Landgraf, Wikipedia)

The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is a medium-sized wild cat that is distributed throughout Eurasia. However, it was near extinction on the Fennoscandian Peninsula in the 1930s due to over-harvesting. Nowadays, the Fennoscandian lynx population is recovering and part of the large carnivore comeback in Europe.

Studying recovering populations can give us insight into evolutionary-ecological mechanisms that lead to successful recolonization and therefore, can inform conservation efforts and management of wild cat populations. We are also interested in understanding how lynx disperse across the increasingly urbanized European landscape.

Lynx stalking (Photo credit: Tony Hisgett –

Further, we would like to know more about how hunting pressures impact population and age structures as well as genetic diversity in this species.

Relevant literature

Holmala, K., Herrero, A., Kopatz, A.Schregel, J.Eiken, H. G. & Hagen, S. B. 2018. Genetic evidence of female kin clusters in a continuous population of a solitary carnivore, the Eurasian lynx. Ecology and Evolution 8: 10964–10975. [Pdf]