Recommendations or tips for the observation of the Iberian lynx

At this season, people who approach the lynx territories are frequent, almost all well intentioned and sensitive enough not to create disturbances with their observations. However, the Nature tourism activities carried out by individuals and companies (wildlife watching, photography, hiking and active tourism, etc.) in areas with the presence of lynx can directly affect to the Cat. The boom that it has acquired in recent years and its own nature, in which the encounter with the species is not accidental, has added a new potential disturbance factor if these activities are not carried out with a scrupulous observation of the legislation and of simple rules of conduct, easy to meet by any responsible citizen.

From the CBD-Habitat Foundation we make some recommendations:

  • If you spot an Iberian Lynx, do not approach him, please. Your presence should not change their behaviour.
  • Stay on public roads. Do not enter unauthorized, private, restricted or sensitive areas.
  • Moderate speed on roads and forest tracks.
  • Do not make loud noises. Do not use light bulbs or flashes at night.
  • Overcrowding of observation points and excessive vehicle traffic can cause discomfort: minimize it in the most sensitive times such as the breeding season (from December to August).
  • Stay away from areas where there is a female in breeding season (March-August) that may have kittens. Do not communicate the location of these places.
  • Request the necessary permits from the competent authorities.
  • The companies of active tourism and activities in the Nature must be registered and have the appropriate authorizations.
  • Take precautions to avoid forest fires, do not leave trash or waste, and respect all wildlife, flora and public and private heritage.
  • Collaboration with lynx conservation managers is important. If you notice any infraction, inform the authorities.

Recommendations during the implementation of photographs or videos: 

  • Comply with the conditions of your authorization for the photography and / or filming of the Iberian lynx.
  • If you do not require authorization, also be cautious. Do not approach within 100 meters of the lynx.
  • Do not use unethical and illegal methods to attract them to your position, such as complaints, food, spotlights, etc.

 How can it affect the lynx?:

  • Direct discomfort: the photographer’s stress when approaching (or cutting the path) to the lynx. This can make the lynx leave the safe place where it was. In the most serious situation, a female with kittens can leave the litter, and leave it in danger to predators or accidents.
  • Indirect discomfort: excessive presence of people or vehicle traffic where the lynx is located.
  • Behavioural disorders: artificial methods used to attract lynxes; especially serious is the use of food, as it can create predisposition to traps and poison.

More information: 

Watchers leaflet: The future of the lynx:

https://cbd-habitat.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Watchers-leaflet-The-future-of-the-lynx_baja.pdf

Recommendations for the observation of the Iberian lynx (in Spanish):

https://www.cbd-habitat.com/2019/01/03/recomendaciones-para-la-observacion-del-lince-iberico/

CBD-Habitat Foundation implements projects dedicated to the recovery, conservation, and reintroduction of the Iberian lynx. Current projects:

https://www.cbd-habitat.com/en/homepage/home-v2-3-col-images-contact/

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