Iberian Lynx population in Andalusia reaches 319 animals in 2013

| January 19, 2014 | Reply

The Iberian Lynx is one of the most endangered mammals in the world and the IUCN lists it as Critically Endangered.

There is lot’s of work being done in Spain and Portugal to save the species and there are some good news. In Andalusia the recent census in 2013 resulted in 319 counted cats. This is a small increase from the 311 cats counted in 2012. If course there is always the possibility that some cats haven’t been counted so there might be no increase or a slightly bigger increase.

The number of reproducing females has increased to 92, which is 7 more than in 2012. The survival of reproducing females is one of the most important factors influencing the population of carnivores.
Unfortunately the number of young has decreased to 54 (24 less than in 2012) due to a decline in European Rabbits (thanks to Rabbit haemorrhagic disease).

The decline in rabbits is a series problem for the Iberian Lynx and other predators like the Spanish Imperial Eagle (See my former post: Decline in rabbits a threat for Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle).

Cats are still a major threat and in 2014, 3 lynx have already been killed by cars..

The small increase is a good sign but the Iberian Lynx will need lot’s of conservation efforts in the coming years and probably decades. The mortality on roads needs to be reduced further (e.g. by building overpasses, stricter speed limits and their enforcement, etc) and the situation of the European Rabbit needs to be improved considerable. It is ironic that the European Rabbit is an invasive species causing many ecological problems, e.g. in Austria, but is a threatened species on the Iberian Peninsula where it originally evolved.

More information:
La población de lince ibérico alcanza ya los 319 ejemplares en Andalucía.

Tercer lince muerto en 2014 por atropello

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