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July 23, 2004

Contacts: Laura Romin 801-975-3330, ext 142 
                 Sharon Rose 303-236-4580      


            Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are monitoring and tracking two Canada lynx that moved into Utah from Colorado last week.  The lynx are part of an ongoing lynx reintroduction effort in Colorado.  It is common for dispersing lynx to travel long distances. One of the lynx is in the Uinta Mountains northwest of Vernal; the other animal is in the Range Creek area north of Price. 

            The Canada lynx is the only lynx found in North America.  It is a secretive forest-dwelling cat of northern latitudes and high mountains.  It feeds primarily on small mammals and birds.  Lynx are currently found in Alaska and Canada, and in the boreal forests of the Northeast, Great Lakes, the Rocky Mountains, and the Cascades. 

            The lynx is a medium-sized cat, similar to the bobcat, but appears somewhat larger.  It has longer legs and very large well-furred paws, adaptations to the deep winter snows typical throughout its range.  It also has unique long tufts on the ears and a short, black-tipped tail. 

The Canada lynx was listed as a threatened species in 14 states, including Utah, under the Endangered Species Act in March 2000.  This designation means it is illegal to ‘take’ listed species, which includes hunting, harassing, harming, collecting and capturing. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies. 

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