Topographical and vegetational characteristics of lynx kill sites in Slovenian Dinaric Mountains


  • Miha Krofel Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Večna pot 111, SI-1000 Ljubljana
  • Hubert Potočnik Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Večna pot 111, SI-1000 Ljubljana
  • Ivan Kos Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Večna pot 111, SI-1000 Ljubljana



Eurasian lynx, Lynx lynx, predation, kill sites, Dinaric Mts, Slovenia


We report on topographical and vegetational characteristics of 13 sites where Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) killed its prey in the Dinaric mountain range in Slovenia. The results suggest that lynx does not necessarily need dense vegetation and rugged terrain to successfully hunt its prey, however, it may influence its hunting success. A large part of the successful hunts took place on steep slopes and rugged terrain. 39% of kill sites were located in dolines, implying the potential importance of these karst structures for the hunting of large carnivores on ungulates in karst areas such as Dinaric Mountains.


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Krofel, M., Potočnik, H., & Kos, I. (2007). Topographical and vegetational characteristics of lynx kill sites in Slovenian Dinaric Mountains. Natura Sloveniae, 9(1), 25-36.

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