The wildcat has settled down near the cordon «Valley of Geysers». The inquisitive animal surveys the territory and arranges night serenades.
Currently work is underway to prepare the cordon for the new field season. During the month of silence, when the number of visits to the Geysernaya River valley is reduced to a minimum, the reserve's employees and volunteers put the infrastructure in order after the winter, clear the board trails out of snow.
A few days ago, the lynx graced the monotonous everyday life with its presence. Alexey Perelygin saw her. He participates in the volunteer activities of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve for the 7th time. In his spare time, Alexey takes photographs of nature.
"I met a rare wild cat on the 10th of May, around 9 o'clock in the evening. The lynx suddenly appeared not far from the visitor centre. When she met me, she was not in a hurry to run away and calmly went along the wooden path to the upper helipad, which we recently cleared of snow, - said Alexey. – Behind the helipad, on a steep slope, there was a birch forest. Judging by the large amount of droppings and footprints, the lynx is often here. One night, in the first days of May, she also came to the cordon. We heard her voice that night. I hope I will be lucky enough to meet this wild cat in the Valley of Geysers!»
In the vicinity of the Geysernaya River valley, there are many white hares. This is the main object of lynx hunting. Wild cats live in the Valley all the time, for example, in December 2011, one of them even brought grown-up kittens to the cordon. And last year, with the help of a camera trap, the staff of the Reserve received a video of a night walk of a lynx on a decking trail. But, as a rule, animals lead a hidden way of life. It was the first time we managed to observe the lynx and take high-quality photos from a distance of about 20 meters.
Employees of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve will soon install a camera trap in the place where the lynx was met and the maximum number of its tracks was marked, in order to continue to observe the animal remotely. By the way, at the end of April, the lynx was caught in the lens of a camera trap in the vicinity of the Semyachiksky estuary. She was moving along the same path with another predator -a bear- with a difference of several days.
The East Siberian lynx appeared in Kamchatka in the first half of the twentieth century. In the modern history of scientific observations, this is a rare case when wild animals independently penetrate into new territories and settle them. In the Kronotsky Reserve, lynxes penetrated in the early 70s and settled throughout its territory. But, despite the wide distribution, their number in the reserve does not exceed 50 individuals.