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A wild cat at a lure in the National Park Hainich
Project Manager Thomas Mölich and students at the control of a lure in the Hainich National Park
In collaboration of Europarc Germany and National Park Hainich students of the region place a lure for wild cats
In the laboratory of the Research Institute Senckenberg the collected hairs are genetically analyzed

Lures for Germany's first wildcat gene database

In order to discover where there are wildcats and how the wildlife corridors should best be created, BUND has been taking stock of the wildcats over several winters and with the help of many volunteers.

This is taking place in the federal states with plans for the green corridors, as well as in Bavaria, Saarland, Saxony, and Saxony-Anhalt. Slightly roughened wooden sticks are put into the ground in particular grid formations and sprayed with valerian - and the lure is finished.

The wildcat is attracted to the lure, rubs itself agianst it and leaves behind hair. Volunteers check the lures approximately every ten days using a magnifying glass and tweezers. The hairs are then examined genetically at the Senckenberg Research Institute so that individual wildcats and their migrations may be partially determined. An exciting task for everyone involved.

Here you can see who is interested in the fragrant lure!