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Fewer lynx than expected

Published tisdag 8 mars 2011 kl 11.12

The number of lynx in Sweden could be less than earlier thought, as the method of taking stock could mean that the same family of lynx is counted four times over, Swedish Radios Science department reports.

The tracks of the lynx are counted, and if tracks are found over 25 kilometres from each other, the scientists count them as belonging to two different families. This method is only advisable in areas where there are only a few of the animals, but has also used in areas where they are more densely populated, the agency in charge of the count tells Swedish Radio.

In this year's lynx hunt, 110 animals are allowed to be culled, which is 100 less than last year.

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