Officials seek info in killing of lynx near Silverthorne |

Officials seek info in killing of lynx near Silverthorne

Summit Daily News staff report
Summit County, CO Colorado

HEENEY, Colorado – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for any information regarding a lynx that was killed near Green Mountain Reservoir in northern Summit County sometime on Jan. 16 or 17.

Lynx were reintroduced into Colorado in 1999, and this female was one of the first released into the San Juan Mountains. Information from the radio collar that the lynx had been fitted with provided years of information on this 13-year-old female who often moved between the Vail Pass area and Rocky Mountain National Park. It had recently been living above Cataract Lake and was last seen along the Heeney Road on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 16.

A mortality signal from the radio collar that the lynx was wearing was received on Jan.18. DOW personnel later recovered the collar; however the carcass of the lynx was missing. DOW officers determined from evidence found in the area that the lynx was likely killed near that location and the collar removed.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Division of Wildlife office in Hot Sulphur Springs at (970) 725-6200, or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Callers can remain anonymous and a reward is available to anyone providing information leading to a conviction of this crime.

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