Lynx relocated to Colorado traveled 1,200 miles |

Lynx relocated to Colorado traveled 1,200 miles

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado
The first of four lynx had to be coaxed from his cage during a release near the Rio Grande Reservoir Thursday afternoon. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be releasing a total of 32 more lynx. Denver Post photo by Karl Gehring.

SILVERTON, Colorado – It was an extraordinary journey of 1,200 miles – from Silverton, Colorado to Nordegg, Alberta, Canada.

And although the life of the adventurous vagabond, a 9-year-old Canadian lynx given the scientific name BC-03-M-02, ended in a Canadian trap line on Jan. 28, researchers say the animal lived an amazing life and set a world record for distances lynx have traveled.

“It was an incredible trek,” said Gabriela “Gabby” Yates, the lynx project manager at the University of Alberta in Canada. “The fact of where this started, where it ended and the children this lynx had, it is really an incredible story.”

The Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Tanya Shenk, who has devoted her professional life to lynx reintroduction in Colorado, is equally enthused.

“It is an incredible demonstration of what these animals can do,” she said. “It demonstrates the incredible capacity these cats have.”

The male lynx, then two years old, was captured near Kamloops, British Columbia in 2003. He was released for reintroduction near Creede on April 16, 2003.

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