Camera trapping is a well proven method for carnivore surveys, and is especially useful for lynx where individual recognition is possible because of spot patterns. The new generation of digital camera traps is making the process even easier. Although Norway has a well developed system of using snow-tracking to monitor lynx populations, we have just started using camera traps in areas that have irregular snowfall and where there is much controversy about the density of the local lynx population. As well as being useful for supporting population monitoring, such images are incredibly useful for communicating with the public, providing special insights into the secret lives of some of the forests most beautiful inhabitants.
Text: John Linnell / Photo: Scandlynx