"The Return of Lynx to Northwestern Poland"

The project is implemented by the Western Pomeranian Nature Society together with the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Acadamy of Sciences in Białowieża and the Cultural Center in Miroslawiec




Scabies are common among predators. Infection with this parasite occurs when an animal comes into contact with another sick animal. The disease is troublesome, because scabies "diggin" in the skin, which causes an irresistible feeling of itching (when the invasion intensifies, the pet is unable to eat anything or move, but is busy scratching more and more itchy areas on the skin, which weakens it) condition, which can lead to slow death). Our lynxes are also not free from this parasite.

We have recently received information about a lynx in bad condition near the village of Czerna, in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. Rumcjas, lynx male, left adaptation enclosure in the middle of last year. His steps took him all the way to the south of Poland, towards the Karkonosze Mountains, reaching Germany on the way. When he reached the south, his telemetry data (and contact with observers) indicated that he was doing well in the wild (data indicated resting places and hunted victims). Unfortunately, during his wanderings, he probably caught scabies through contact with some infected animal. However, thanks to the vigilance of one inhabitant of the aforementioned village, we managed to arrive as soon as possible and after the inspection, it was decided to catch the lynx and send it for treatment to the rehabilitation center in Stobnica. This is another such case, so we want to help an infected animal if it is possible. If we manage to cure Rumcajs, we plan to release him back into the wild. We keep our fingers crossed for him! Who knows, maybe it will re-occupy the old territories or go in a completely different direction?

We would like to thank you for your involvement in the action: Mr. Jan Chmielowiec, Mr. forester Daniel Ślusarczyk from the Węgliniec Forest District, Mr. Artur Pałucki from the Karkonosze National Park, RDOŚ Wrocław and Ruszów Forestry Inspectorate.