Documentation of prolonged mating season in Eurasian lynxes

Coauthor Irina Rotenko

We continue the post about mating in Eurasian lynxes with some detalization in relation to the seasonal period of mating in Naliboki Forest, central-western part of Belarus. Here we would like to present some our photo-documentation that suggests the prolonged mating season in this lynx species in Naliboki Forest.

Before mainly basing on snowtracking and since 2014 on camera-trapping (but not extensive with many cameras), we found that the earliest mating in lynxes was registered in the period of  20-26th of February and the latest in the mid-April. Most of mating in lynxes in Belarus (24 out of 37 cases checked) were registered in the period of 1-20th March. One male may mate with up to three females in the same or different mating spots. In one situation male stayed in the same house areas with different females in the late February, mid-March and early April.

Nowadays (the last three years) additionally, by applying 60-80 camera-traps, we got more photo-documentation of the so prolonged mating period in Eurasian lynxes. See notes under the photos and videos below.

The question of mating in lynxes in Naliboki Forest was studied in collaboration with Wild Naliboki (Belgium) and Maximilian Hetzer (Germany).

Lynx mating couple on 27th February.
Mating of lynxes on 27th February. According to snowtracking and some photo-registration this female mated with another male 7-12 days ago, i.e. in the mid-February.
Mating couple of lynxes on 23rd February.

Mating situation in lynxes in the period of 5-8th April. There were two different males at the same time, that were marking the same spot one after another a minute apart.

2 thoughts on “Documentation of prolonged mating season in Eurasian lynxes”

  1. Dear Vadim,
    I just was reading your article with interest. Thank you. But on the last video are only two lynxes, female and one male, not two. Rosseted coat pattern of “both” males from the left side is identical.
    Maybe the mating season was prolonged to April due to the foreign imigrated males, as you wrote in the previous article about mortality of original resident males. It is interesting question.
    Best regards,
    Eva

    1. Dear Eva, thanks for your interest and comment. But these two (the second and third videos) are evidently different males. They have got the distinctive spot patterns and the second male is markedly bigger (longer in the same point that is easy to measure). For me it is evident and proved enough, and I will not discuss that anymore. These two males were coming to mark the same point in a minute apart.
      Best wishes, Vadim

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