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).
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.