A different kind of traveller: Lynx Maks is wandering around Lake Bohinj these days
Lynx Max was moved to Slovenia from Slovakia in 2020.
“After spending some time in the wider area of Kranjska Gora, Maks returned to the area of the Triglav National Park choosing a very interesting path – right around Lake Bohinj,” the LIFE Lynx project group has informed.
Could Bohinj visitors come across Maks?
A shy, mysterious and solitary feline, the word “lynx” is derived from a Greek word meaning “to shine,” presumably referring to its reflective eyes.
Humans are not their pray, so there’s no need to be afraid of a lynx. There are no confirmed cases of lynx attacks on humans in Slovenia. However, being from the cat family (Felidae), those who had the opportunity to see the lynx in the wild often mentioned that they let themselves be admired like cats, and then quietly retreat into the woods,
Max will get company soon
Soon, lynx Max will get friends in the area, as there will be at least five more lynxes released into the wild.
The Eurasian lynx was reintroduced to Slovenia in 1973 upon the Slovenian hunters’ initiative. The largest wildcat in Europe is at the verge of extinction, unless serious action is taken. The Life Lynx project aims to save the lynx population in the Dinaric Alps and in south-eastern Alps.
Featured head photo of Maks by Jernej Javornik