European Rewilding Network

Reintroduction of lynx in North-Western Poland

The main objective of the project is reintroduction of the lynx to North-Western Poland. All animals released into the wild will be monitored using telemetry collars. The project will be accompanied by educational and promotional activities aimed at increasing public acceptance for wild predators.

Project: Reintroduction of lynx in North-Western Poland
Region: Area of two Regional Management of State Forests (Pila and Szczecinek)
Habitat types: Coniferous and mixed forests, heathlands, meadows
Keystone species: European bison
Fauna (mega) species present: European bison, roe deer, red deer, mufflon, fallow deer, wild boar, wolf
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Re-introductions / re-stockings of locally extinct or rare key wildlife species, or breeding of such species with the goal to release them into the wild, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision: Restoring lynx into a local trophic network enhancing natural processes in the area and improving regional biodiversity; increasing social ecological awareness.
Linking populations of lynx from Western and Eastern Europe in order to provide genetic exchange for the overall population. Restoration and adaptation of lynx to the human-nature used landscape.
Uniqueness of the project: Successful reintroduction will establish the first free living population of lynx in Western Poland, existing in a human-nature landscape.
Other activities: Eco tourism, Education
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: After reaching a sufficient number of lynx in the wild (stable population) - after minimum 10 years of reintroduction - we confine ourselves to deliver genetic influx in order to maintain genetic diversity. Lynx will become local product for branding and promotion of the region in an eco-touristic sense.
Results so far: Starting building of lynx enclosure and achieving agreement for bringing first lynx to the facility.
Inspirational value: Growing social awareness of the role of predators to nature and reducing prejudices towards predators among local communities showing the way of building public acceptance for new species.
Experience you would like to share: Previous experiences from successful reintroduction of European bison to the same area. Active management of two free living European bison herds in human-nature landscape, approximately 160 individuals in total.
Experience you would like to gain: Finding solution to potential conflicts with hunters and local community arising from presence and predation of lynx in a commonly used area.
Map
Country
Poland
Start year
2014
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Natural process
Predation
Flagship species
Lynx

The main objective of the project is reintroduction of the lynx to North-Western Poland. All animals released into the wild will be monitored using telemetry collars. The project will be accompanied by educational and promotional activities aimed at increasing public acceptance for wild predators.

Map
Country
Poland
Start year
2014
Area type
Forest-grassland mosaic
Natural process
Predation
Flagship species
Lynx
Specification
Project: Reintroduction of lynx in North-Western Poland
Region: Area of two Regional Management of State Forests (Pila and Szczecinek)
Habitat types: Coniferous and mixed forests, heathlands, meadows
Keystone species: European bison
Fauna (mega) species present: European bison, roe deer, red deer, mufflon, fallow deer, wild boar, wolf
Description
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Methods and experiences to allow natural numbers and densities of native, wild or rewilded species, Projects creating local pride and common ownership and responsibility for wild nature amongst land owners, communities and resource users, leading to new alternative uses, Re-introductions / re-stockings of locally extinct or rare key wildlife species, or breeding of such species with the goal to release them into the wild, Successful agreements with hunting entities about sustainable hunting and the development of wildlife watching tourism, in order to bring back wildlife in natural numbers, Successful examples of initiatives that address to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and show tangible benefits / reduced problems for the local people
Aim and vision: Restoring lynx into a local trophic network enhancing natural processes in the area and improving regional biodiversity; increasing social ecological awareness.
Linking populations of lynx from Western and Eastern Europe in order to provide genetic exchange for the overall population. Restoration and adaptation of lynx to the human-nature used landscape.
Uniqueness of the project: Successful reintroduction will establish the first free living population of lynx in Western Poland, existing in a human-nature landscape.
Other activities: Eco tourism, Education
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on: After reaching a sufficient number of lynx in the wild (stable population) - after minimum 10 years of reintroduction - we confine ourselves to deliver genetic influx in order to maintain genetic diversity. Lynx will become local product for branding and promotion of the region in an eco-touristic sense.
Results so far: Starting building of lynx enclosure and achieving agreement for bringing first lynx to the facility.
Exchange
Inspirational value: Growing social awareness of the role of predators to nature and reducing prejudices towards predators among local communities showing the way of building public acceptance for new species.
Experience you would like to share: Previous experiences from successful reintroduction of European bison to the same area. Active management of two free living European bison herds in human-nature landscape, approximately 160 individuals in total.
Experience you would like to gain: Finding solution to potential conflicts with hunters and local community arising from presence and predation of lynx in a commonly used area.
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