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Colorado’s lynx less than ‘critical?’

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Vail, CO Colorado
Photo courtesy Granville LloydThis lynx was spotted several weeks ago by skiers near a backcountry hut in Summit County.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Colorado, and its re-introduced lynx, are not included in a federal proposal that outlines which part of the country are vital for the rare cat’s survival.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Thursday wants to declare more 42,000 square miles of land “critical” habitat for the Canada lynx, and none of it is in Eagle County ” where the cats have been tracked ” or Colorado.

The plan covers lands in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Wyoming. The Fish and Wildlife Service says there is strong evidence lynx have been reproducing in those states.

In 2000, the Canada lynx was designed a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Lynx are medium-sized cats, generally measuring 30-35 inches long and weighing 18-23 pounds. They have tufts on their ears, short, black-tipped tails, and large, well-furred feet and long legs for traversing snow.

The public can comment on the proposal until April 28. Comments can be submitted at or mailed to the Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington, VA 22203.

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