Wyoming Ecological Services
Mountain-Prairie Region

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Federally Listed, Proposed and Candidate Species

Canada Lynx
(Lynx canadensis)

Status: Threatened

Canada LynxPhoto Credit: FWS

 

Canada Lynx Section 7 Range

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Wyoming Section 7 Range
Canada Lynx

Potential Distribution in Wyoming

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Section 7 Range

Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Federal agencies, or project proponents whose actions have a Federal nexus (e.g., Federal funding, permit, or lease), must consult with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service if their actions “may affect” listed species (endangered, threatened, proposed, candidate) or their habitat.  Section 7 species ranges identify those areas on the landscape where agencies or proponents should consider potential effects, both direct and indirect, to the species and their habitat.  These Section 7 species ranges typically encompass larger areas than specific locations where listed species are known to occur.  Project proponents are encouraged to refer to the Service’s Information, Planning, and Conservation System (IPAC) website at http://ecos.fws.gov/ipac/ or to contact the FWS Wyoming Ecological Services Office for additional information http://www.fws.gov/wyominges/ :307-772-2374.  (Section 7 Range boundaries based on the best available data at time of development.  Section 7 Ranges will be updated as new information becomes available.)

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Species Information

In Wyoming, Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) live in subalpine/coniferous forests of mixed age and structural classes.  Mature forests with downed logs and windfalls provide cover for denning sites, escape, and protection from severe weather.  Early to mid-successional forests with high stem densities of conifer saplings provide optimal habitat for the lynx’s primary prey, the snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus).  Snowshoe hares reach their highest densities in regenerating forests that provide visual cover from predators and thermal cover.  To benefit lynx, habitats should retain an overstory for concealment and forested connectivity between feeding, security, and denning habitats. 

Historically, lynx were observed in every mountain range in Wyoming.  The majority of lynx observations presently occur in western Wyoming in the Wyoming and Salt River ranges and north through the Tetons and Absaroka ranges in and around Yellowstone National Park.  Numerous records have also come from the west slope of the Wind River Range, with fewer observations in the Bighorn and Uinta mountains.  Critical habitat for the Canada lynx (50 CFR 17.95(a)) has been designated for portions of Fremont, Lincoln, Park, Sublette, and Teton Counties, including parts of Yellowstone National Park and the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests.  For additional information see Federal Register notice (74 FR 8615; February 25, 2009).  Maps of the critical habitat and more detailed location information are available at http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/lynx/.

 

 

Canada Lynx Critical Habitat

Lynx Critical Habitat

 

 

Counties with Canada Lynx Critical Habitat.

Fremont County | Lincoln County | Park County | Sublette County | Teton County

 

Critical Habitat Information

Critical habitat for the Canada lynx (50 CFR 17.95(a)) has been designated for portions of Fremont, Lincoln, Park, Sublette, and Teton Counties, including parts of Yellowstone National Park and the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests.  For additional information see Federal Register notice (74 FR 8615).  Maps of the critical habitat and more detailed location information are available at http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/species/mammals/lynx/

 

Last updated: March 21, 2014