Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Troubling Reason Why These Rare, Beautiful Lynxes Are Dying Off

By John R. Platt | Takepart.comJanuary 22, 2015 3:24

The elusive and rarely seen Canada lynx is in trouble.

No one knows exactly how many of the distinctive big cats remain in the United States, but all signs point to the fact that their population is shrinking while their habitats have become fragmented.

That has prompted efforts to secure greater protection for Canada lynx. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week kicked off a review of the species, the first since it was listed as threatened, one step below endangered, in the year 2000.

“By comparing historical and recent lynx records, we know that they’re now scarce in regions where they used to be more common,” said Kylie Paul, Rockies and Plains representative for Defenders of Wildlife, who has spent the past several years working to preserve the species. “Now they’re holed up in a few major regions across the northern part of the country.” That includes populations in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, and a few New England states.

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