An endangered Caucasian lynx found in Turkey and named “Ulu” (“Great” in English) walked 2,200 kilometers in a year using an area of 1600 square kilometers, according to satellite data.
Accordingly, researchers attached a GPS to the animal caught in Sarıkamış forests in Turkey's eastern province of Kars on June 21, 2022 within the scope of the "Eastern Anatolia Wildlife Research and Protection" project carried out by KuzeyDoğa Association with the permission of the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks affiliated to the Agriculture and Forestry Miinistry.
KuzeyDoğa Association Science Coordinator Emrah Çoban said that they attach a GPS to a lynx every year.
“The lynx, which we named Ulu, has used an area of 1600 square kilometers until today, walking 2,200 kilometers. It equates to a distance between Kars and Romania, and it's tremendous,” Çoban said according to reporting by Anadolu Agency.
Emphasizing that the lynx can move so much in such a small area in one year, Çoban said, “There is not enough information yet in the research of large predatory carnivores in Turkey and we do not know much about animals. As we research here, we learn more. We have caught both Eurasian and Caucasian lynx in our work since 2013.”