Thursday, November 23, 2006

Reward rises for Colorado lynx killers

By Gary Gerhardt, Rocky Mountain News
November 22, 2006

The Humane Society of the United States has added $2,500 to a $5,000 reward for the arrest of those responsible for killing two Canada lynx in southwestern Colorado.

On Nov. 1, Colorado Division of Wildlife officers found the carcass of one of the endangered cats that someone had shot near Cement Creek Road just north of Silverton.

The day before, they had located a lynx that had been killed in Hermosa Park, about 40 miles north of Durango.

The animals were found because the radio collars they were wearing sent a mortality signal to a satellite that was keeping track of them.

One was shot twice with a rifle, and the other was blasted by a shotgun.

"Someone has information about these deaths, and we urge them to come forward, not just for the sake of the two slain lynx but for the protection of the entire species," Colin Barry, Colorado state program coordinator for the Humane Society of the U.S., said in a news release.

He said Coloradans are being offered a rare second chance to protect the lynx now that the animals have been reintroduced.

Anyone with information is asked to call the DOW office in Durango at 970-375-6744 or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.

Lynx in Colorado

Two lynx have been found dead in recent weeks in Colorado.

* Reintroduction effort: 1999 to 2006, 218 Canada lynx were released in southwestern Colorado.

* Reproduction: To date, 37 dens have been found and monitored.

* Survival: As of June 30, the Colorado Division of Wildlife was tracking 95 of the 138 lynx believed to be alive.

* Mortality: 80 known mortalities. Starvation was a leading cause in the first year. Of the remaining, about one-third were killed by automobiles or gunshots. Malnutrition and disease killed 21 percent, and 32 percent died of unknown causes.,1299,DRMN _15_5161638,00.html

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