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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228

July 20, 1998
Gary Patton (303) 275-2370
Sharon Rose (303) 236-7917 x 415

 Fish and Wildlife Service Schedules Public Hearings in Colorado on the
Proposal to List the Canada Lynx as Threatened

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold public hearings in Colorado regarding the proposal to list the Canada lynx as threatened under the Endangered Species Act while including a special rule that will allow for taking and interstate transport of lawfully obtained captive-bred lynx.n proposing to classify the lynx as threatened, the Service determined that the species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all of a significant portion of its range.

In the proposed rule, the Service cited a number of causes for the decline of lynx populations. These include: loss of modification of habitat; over trapping; inadequate regulatory mechanisms to protect habitat; increased human access to suitable habitat; and human-induced changes in habitat that have allowed other species such as bobcats and coyotes to move into lynx habitat and compete with them. Timber harvest road construction, development of skiing facilities, and urban sprawl also have affected the species.

The proposal would allow for taking lawfully obtained captive-bred lynx and for interstate transport and commerce in skins that are properly tagged with a valid export tag under the Convention for International Trade in Threatened and Endangered Species, which the Service administers in the United States.

Public hearings have been scheduled in various locations within the species’ range throughout the United States to provide maximum opportunities for comment. Colorado public hearings are scheduled as follows:


July 22, 1998, Wednesday, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 West 6th Street, Glenwood Springs. The hearing will be preceded by an informational open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 28, 1998, Tuesday, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 360 Union Boulevard in Lakewood. The hearing will be preceded by an informational open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Written comments from the public must be postmarked by September 30, 1998. Comments and material concerning this proposal should be sent to the Field Supervisor (Lynx), U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 755 Parfet Street, Suite 361, Lakewood, Colorado 80215. Written comments are given the same weight and consideration as are oral comments.

The Canada lynx is a medium-sized cat, similar to the bobcat, but appears somewhat larger. It has longer hind legs and very large well-furred paws, both adaptations to the deep winter snows typical throughout its range. Lynx are highly dependent on snowshoe hare, but also prey on other small mammals and birds. It also has long tufts on its ears and a short, black-tipped tail. Historically, Canada lynx are considered to have resided in 16 of the contiguous United States.


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