That's why it's so difficult to spot them; they are most active in the early morning and late at night - when they can see, but we can't.
The Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx in the Carpathians normally live above 1000m, resting on cliffs and rocks, out of human reach, but watching and curious all the time. In wintertime, they may follow their prey down to lower altitudes where there is less snow.
But they never attack people or other large carnivores such as bears or wolves. Bears and wolves sometimes steal their kill, so the lynx has adapted by hiding leftovers beneath rocks, leaves or branches.
Lynx feed off hares, birds, wildcats, chamois, deer, boar and sometimes stray dogs, but not livestock like the other carnivores. So they're not a nuisance to people.
The lynx population in the Carpathians is officially estimated to be about 2,500 - the densest in Europe.