Status of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in the Italian Alps: an overview 2000–2004


  • Paolo Paolo MOLINARI
  • Radames BIONDA
  • Giorgio CARMIGNOLA
  • Marco CATELLO
  • Ermanno CETTO
  • Stefano Stefano FILACORDA
  • Patrizia GAVAGNIN
  • Massimiliano RODOLFI



Lynx lynx, Italy, monitoring, status, Alps


To assess the status of lynx we analysed lynx signs of presence within the Ital- ian Alps from 2000–2004. A total of 411 signs of lynx presence have been collected, compared to 261 signs during the previous pentad. Lynx tracks were the most frequent sign of presence, followed by prey remains and direct observations. Livestock depredation has so far not been a problem in Italy. Most of the presence signs (84%) are still concentrated in the Eastern Italian Alps in Friuli V.G. and the province of Belluno. A few confirmed lynx signs of presence indicate a recolonisation of the Trentino Alto Adige region. In the western Alps (Piemonte region), most signs of lynx presence are concentrated close to the French border. The number of lynx occurring in Italy is roughly estimated to less than 20 individuals. The population cannot be considered viable and is still depending on immigration from neighboring countries.


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Paolo MOLINARI, P., BIONDA, R., CARMIGNOLA, G., CATELLO, M., CETTO, E., Stefano FILACORDA, S., GAVAGNIN, P., MINGOZZI, T., RODOLFI, M., & MOLINARI-JOBIN, A. (2006). Status of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) in the Italian Alps: an overview 2000–2004. Acta Biologica Slovenica, 49(1), 13.18.

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