Meet Lisa, the latest radio-collared female lynx! On 24 February 2020 the lynx team of the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), together with Mavrovo National Park representatives, successfully box-trapped another individual of the elusive Balkan lynx on Mount Bistra, opposite of the village of Rostushe in Mavrovo.

All went well during animal sedation and taking of measurements and samples, in which a representative from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Skopje and an associate from Harz National Park also provided assistance. We established that the individual is a 15-kg female aged 6–7 years. This lady lynx is in great health, as seen from the roe deer kill found just three days after capture.

Hence, Lisa is the third radio-collared female lynx and the ninth different lynx individual captured within the research activities that MES has been systematically implementing since 2010.

The radio-collar will provide means to monitor the animal through radio-telemetry and GPS-tracking, updating our knowledge about the ecology and biology of the critically endangered Balkan lynx.

Such success is a result of the fruitful cooperation with Mavrovo NP, and the help of our associates and volunteers during lynx monitoring activities. We hope for more good news from the field!

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