By Rocky Mountain News
November 9, 2006
Eight conservation groups have band together to increase the reward to $5,000 for information leading to the killer or killers of two Canada lynx in southwestern Colorado.
The state Division of Wildlife offered $500 through the Operation Game Thief program, and the groups are adding $4,500 to it.
The lynx is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and federal law prohibits killing the animal.
Wildlife officials said yesterday that for the second time in less than a week researchers had found the carcass of a lynx that someone shot and killed in southwestern Colorado.
A male lynx was located near San Juan County Road 110, also known as the Cement Creek Road that is just north of Silverton.
Like the cat found shot to death north of Durango on Nov. 2, researchers located the animal because its collar was emitting a mortality signal.
No one has yet been arrested in either case.
"We are grateful to have the help of these conservation groups and their members in raising the ante," said Bob Thompson, assistant chief of law enforcement for the Division of Wildlife.
Jonathan Proctor, spokesperson for Defenders of Wildlife in Denver, said, "The lynx is struggling for survival in Colorado. Every lynx that is killed sets back the recovery of this rare wild cat."
"Our children deserve to inherit a world where lynx and wolves again roam the wild, places where wildlife persist without persecution," said Rob Edward, director of carnivore restoration for Sinapu.