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First recorded case of tiger killing Eurasian lynx

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Interspecific interference competition including lethal interactions are notoriously difficult to document. While lethal interactions between Amur tigers, Amur leopards, and wolves have all been recorded, no records of such incidents between tigers and the Eurasian lynx exist. Following tiger tracks in Bastak Nature Reserve (Russia), we recorded the first documented case of a tiger stalking and killing a lynx.

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Acknowledgments

We thank the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Fund, the Tiger Conservation Campaign of the North American Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Columbus Zoo for support needed to work in Bastak Nature Reserve. We thank the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, the Walt Disney Company, the Disney Conservation Fund, Feld Entertainment, and the Tigris Foundation for additional support.

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Petrunenko, Y.K., Polkovnikov, I.L., Gilbert, M. et al. First recorded case of tiger killing Eurasian lynx. Eur J Wildl Res 62, 373–375 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-016-1007-z

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Keywords

  • Amur tiger
  • European lynx
  • Interference competition