Rufus is a three-year-old male lynx. He was born in the spring of 2016, in the central part of the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy Mountains. In December 2017 Rufus moved to Slovak Javorníky, where he now lives permanently. In March 2019, Rufus was trapped (into a cage) and was fitted with a satellite telemetry collar.

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Common Catnip

Common catnip is a drug for domestic cats and also for some feline carnivores. Cats intentionally seek out catnip stands and roll in them and nibble their leaves which brings them into ecstasy. Oil from catnip is successfully used as an attractant, which is applied to the hair traps designed to capture lynx hair for subsequent DNA analysis. Another herb, common valerian (Valeriana officinalis), have similar effect to cats like common catnip.

Common Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)

Common Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)