Quite often clearcuts in Naliboki Forest are full of logging remains. Moreover, sometimes loggers forget one or several piles of logs and they stay there for decades. It is always like a gift for lynxes, particularly the species families. The main benefit of lynx family is that mother may leave small kittens there, and they will be safe alone in the emptiness under the logs, when the mother goes for hunting. It is especially essential, because lynxes frequently use a long-lasting hunting from ambuscades, so, kittens need to wait for the mother quite long.
These photos that you see in the post were taken in one such a spot. The late May of this year me and my wife and lynx-assistant Irina Rotenko discovered lynx lair in boggy pine stand at the clearcut. The den was situated between logs (logged pines) densely overgrown by Ledum palustre shrubs. Later the kittens were hidden by mothers under piles of logs that were abandoned by loggers on the clearcut. There were found remains of three different roe deer that were eaten by the lynxes on the log piles. So, the log piles provided both sheltered stay of kittens, when the mother is absent for hunting, and safe eating of the prey that brought by the mother. So, loggers, please, remember about lynxes.
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I love the pictures of the Lynx kittens. I hope the loggers keep leaving ‘ timber’ for them
In December 2019 a forester in the northern Reinhardswald of Hesse documented a lynx with four kittens with his cellphone.
This C1 documentation shows that there is lynx offspring in Northern Hesse again. Until than reproduction had not been demonstrated since the collapse of the small Hessian lynx population due to mange in 2015.
At the beginning of October 2019 already, a forestry worker had reportet four young lynxes playing on log piles at a log storage place near by. Later the the log piles were searched successfully for further information and a number of lynx hairs and fresh scratch marks on treetrunks were found.
Stacks of tree trunks in the forest are well suited resting and denning places for lynxes especially when larger quantities of tree trunks are stacked on crossbars lying on the ground. Under such logpiles there are sufficiently spacious, dry and well-protected hiding places for lynx. If such logpiles are left undisturbed for a longer period of time, potential use by lynxes is very likely, as the above mentioned example from the Rheinhardswald shows.