''By the fact that a lynx was killed not only the law was disturbed, but a permanent damage has been made to Bosnia and Herzegovina by destruction of its natural goods that belong to the whole nation. The priority of WWF is to protect large carnivores whose population is endangered in the entire region by the loss of habitats, lack of food and poaching,'' Leon Kebe from WWF set off. He also added that the law that is in force needed to be followed and that the perpetrators had to be punished.
''The problem of poaching is present in our region. Except for the consequent obedience of the law, resolution of this problem requires the mobilization of numerous interest groups, above all ofthe hunting associations, raising awareness and education on the significance of nature protection and conservation of endangered species,'' said Boris Erg, the Director of IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe.
It is estimated that the lynx population in the entire Europe counts 8000 units. In our region the lynx settles in the Carpathian and Dinaric mountains and in Macedonia. Each unit is of exceptional value according to the small number of lynx populations.
The European population of the lynx reached its critical point at the end of 1950s when the lynx number lapsed to only 700 units. Numerous organizations and institutions dealing with wildlife protection have strived to increase the number of units since then. Although the number of lynx units has increased to approximately 8000, it is still not enough for the stable and healthy population. The increase of numerosity needs to continue and each direct threat (including poaching as the biggest one) has to be removed.