The elusive Lynx comes out of hiding in Colorado!

In Colorado this winter, a creature that is hardly ever seen has made several appearances – the beautiful, elusive and exotic Lynx!

Residents and visitors to Colorado have been delighted at the sightings of a creature that is hardly ever seen. The reason for their elusiveness is that although they are indeed native to Colorado, their population dwindled to a point where they had to be put on the Endangered Species Act!

So, if the lynx is endangered, why the spike in sightings?

Some of the sightings could be thanks to the Lynx Reintroduction Program established by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department. The program, which began in the late 1990s, relocated 218 wild lynx to Colorado from the northern areas of Alaska and Canada. Eventually, litters started to be born, and the population of lynx started to become self-sustaining.


What is the lynx and what does it look like?

The lynx is a feline similar to a bobcat in appearance. If you spot a lynx in Colorado, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Deparment has a Lynx Sighting form that you can use to report your sighting.  When identifying a lynx, some of the key differences between a bobcat and a lynx can be found in:

1.) the tail, which is short like a bobcat but has a distinctive black tip
2.) the fur of the lynx is long and is not spotted like a bobcat
3.) the tracks which are much bigger than a bobcat as the lynx has very large feet!


 

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