Environmental Management

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 869–879

Home Range Size and Choice of Management Strategy for Lynx in Scandinavia

  • JOHN D. C. LINNELL
  • REIDAR ANDERSEN
  • TOR KVAM
  • HENRIK ANDRÉN
  • OLOF LIBERG
  • JOHN ODDEN
  • P. F. MOA

DOI: 10.1007/s002670010195

Cite this article as:
LINNELL, J., ANDERSEN, R., KVAM, T. et al. Environmental Management (2001) 27: 869. doi:10.1007/s002670010195

Abstract

Annual and seasonal home ranges were calculated for 47 Eurasian lynx in four Scandinavian study sites (two in Sweden and two in Norway). The observed home ranges were the largest reported for the species, with study site averages ranging from 600 to 1400 km2 for resident males and from 300 to 800 km2 for resident females. When home range sizes were compared to the size of protected areas (national parks and nature reserves) in Scandinavia, it was concluded that very few protected areas contained sufficient forest to provide space for more than a few individuals. As a direct consequence of this, most lynx need to be conserved in the multiuse seminatural forest habitats that cover large areas in Scandinavia. This conservation strategy leads to a number of conflicts with some land uses (sheep and semidomestic reindeer herding, and roe deer hunters), but not all (forestry and moose harvest). Accordingly research must be aimed at understanding the ecology of these conflicts, and finding solutions.

KEY WORDS: Lynx; Nature reserves; Seminatural forest; Conservation strategy

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • JOHN D. C. LINNELL
    • 1
  • REIDAR ANDERSEN
    • 1
  • TOR KVAM
    • 1
  • HENRIK ANDRÉN
    • 2
  • OLOF LIBERG
    • 2
  • JOHN ODDEN
    • 3
  • P. F. MOA
    • 4
  1. 1.Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Tungasletta-2, N-7485 Trondheim NorwayNO
  2. 2.Grimsó Research Station, Department of Wildlife Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, S-730 91 Riddarhyttan, SwedenSE
  3. 3.Hedmark College, 2408 Koppang, NorwayNO
  4. 4.Department of Resource Sciences, North-Trøndelag College, Box 145, 7702 Steinkjer, NorwayNO