Lynxes are known as mainly solitary carnivores. Social contacts between adults are believed to be strictly limited to a mating season and within mother-kits family group.Nevertheless, in our studies (together with Wild Naliboki team) on the lynx ecology and behaviour in Naliboki Forest, we have already found many other social contacts in non-mating season. In the winter 2016-2017 we found out an adult male and female lynxes were regularly walking together from November up to the mating season in February-March. We have pictures of a male and a female at the same spot in November within the same minute. During the next months – while snow-tracking them – we found out that they regularly hunted together. At the same time, the male tended to go alone for territorial marking far away outside of the core area of their paired stay. The same winter we found another adult male and female lynxes living together since mid-December till mid-April.
Another interesting aspect in social interactions between lynxes is that of sub-adults, their mother and the new kittens of the year. Lynx yearlings separate from their mother in spring just before or during a month after the mating season. Some yearlings disperse right away, others hang around in the vicinity of their natal home range for a while longer. In the beginning of the winter 2016-2017 we photographed a female with her two kittens of the year together with a sub-adult i.e. a young of the previous year. Later that winter, during snow tracking sessions we also found their joint tracks, but not all the time. Often the sub-adult was walking alone, it stayed the whole winter in a very small area (approximately 10-15 km²), within the larger home range of the mother.