Portrait of an Eurasian lynx ( Lynx lynx ). The silent, mysterious hunter of the North. Rarely seen but living close to us. This will be a poster, used by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (Norsk Institiutt for Naturforskning)- NINA.
The Eurasian lynx is twice the size of a Canadian lynx and is able to kill roe deer, sheep, red deer and rein deer. This causes conflicts with sheep and reindeer herders in Norway and the rest of Scandinavia, resulting in hunting quota's, but also poaching. Living together with large carnivores is difficult. But the supervisor of my work at NINA has once written this: "The carnivores have shown they can live with us. We have yet to show that we are willing to share our landscapes with them"
This means not placing them behind fences in reserves - but living together on the same ground. It needs compromises but there is a future for carnivores like the Eurasian lynx, only if we change our minds towards predators close to us. Are we willing to do this?
If you're interested in a print of this poster and I can try to make work of it!
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