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Lynx dependancy to street pipes – Zoology by Vadim Sidorovich


    Co-author Irina Rotenko

    In one of many former posts now we have already addressed to the query of utilization of street pipes by lynxes. Within the given put up we offer some additional outcomes on the query together with respective video-footage, whereas the previous put up was illustrated solely by photo-registrations.

    Lynxes go to street pipes very often.  Within the heat season, they primarily use street pipes with out working water. In winter, when water is roofed with ice, virtually all pipes which are massive sufficient are in lynx utilization. We tried to analyze this phenomenon and located 4 completely different functions of lynxes to return to a street pipe. First, a street pipe is one thing visually excellent within the habitat construction at forest street. Such exceptional spots are marked by carnivores, together with lynxes. Snowtracking information recommend that about 88% of visits of street pipes by lynxes (n=324) was, not less than, partly for territorial marking. Additionally, we seen  that in 59% of the registered circumstances lynxes have been strolling on the road-forest ecotone, then they entered the street pipes and out of the blue (i.e. out of the blue for a doable prey) appeared on the other aspect of the street.  As soon as, a lynx killed a roe deer on the reverse aspect of the street near the pipe entrance. One other time a raccoon canine was killed by a lynx with such a fashion. So, passing street pipe by lynx has additionally a looking sense. Throughout wet climate or moist snow cowl lynxes, whereas getting into a street pipe, shake up and generally roll to dry the moist fur (32 registrations), and generally they relaxation inside (10 registrations, not less than). Three of the ten resting (possibly hunt-watching on the similar time) continued for fairly lengthy, roughly for 7, 11 and 14 hours. Being inside street pipe, lynxes couched on some substratum inside (sand, dry stays of vegetation).