Young Radio-Collared Lynx Found Illegally Shot Near Twig, MN
that it is offering a $1500 reward for information leading to the arrest of
the person(s) responsible for illegally killing a
Species Act and killing wild lynx is prohibited by federal law. The most
recent killing is one of several that have taken place over the course of the
last year, further jeopardizing the future of the threatened cat.
"The lynx is already struggling for survival in
Leahy, spokesperson for Defenders of Wildlife. "Every lynx that is killed
sets back the recovery of this rare wild cat."
In addition to illegal killing, Leahy pointed to the numerous other
threats facing the lynx, including habitat loss and injury or death in traps
set for bobcats, fox, and other animals. Defenders is working with state and
federal agencies to address the trapping issue and protect vital lynx habitat.
"The lynx is one of the region's most important predators. It plays a
vital role in the health of
"We applaud the tenacious efforts of local Fish and wildlife Service
authorities as they work to stop these senseless killings and bring the
perpetrators to justice," added Leahy.
Defenders of Wildlife's $1500 reward is on top of a $500 reward being
offered by the Fish and Wildlife Service, bringing the total reward to $2000.
Defenders' contribution comes from their Imperiled Predator Reward Fund
established in 1998 to bring illegal predator killers to justice.
Defenders of Wildlife is recognized as one of the nation's most
progressive advocates for wildlife and its habitat. With more than 490,000
members and supporters, Defenders of Wildlife is an effective leader on
endangered species issues.
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