By Rocky Mountain News
November 8, 2006
For the second time in less than a week, state wildlife officers found the carcass of an endangered Canada lynx that someone shot and killed in southwestern Colorado.
State Division of Wildlife spokesman Joe Lewandowski said a male lynx was found Nov. 1 near San Juan County Road 110, also known as the Cement Creek Road, just north of Silverton.
Like the cat found shot to death north of Durango on Nov. 2, researchers found the animal because its collar was emitting a mortality signal.
The lynx are fitted with radio collars which send a signal to a satellite which pinpoints the cat's location. The data is downloaded into computers once a week and if the signal is in the same location it was the week before, it is clear that the animal has died.
A necropsy Tuesday found a number of small wounds in the body indicating it was killed by a shotgun blast, Lewandowski reported.
The cat was captured last year in Canada and released in the same area it was found as part of the DOW’s lynx reintroduction effort.
The first cat was found in Hermosa Park about 30 miles north of Durango.
A necropsy indicated that animal had been shot twice by a rifle, once in the hip and once in the head.
The cat had been famous among DOW researchers because it had been seen guarding the carcass of a coyote it apparently had killed.
Lewandowski said that in October last year, two radio collars that had been cut off lynx were found in southwest Colorado.
One was in the snow on Missionary Ridge about 20 miles northeast of Durango, and the other was dropped into the mail slot of the Silverton post office.
The carcasses were never found but DOW officers suspect the animals were shot.
The wildlife division is reintroducing lynx in the mountains of Colorado. The first lynx were released in 1999 and today about 200 lynx are believed to be alive in Colorado’s southern and central mountains, including kittens born there for the past several years.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents are asked to call the DOW office in Durango at 970-375-6744; or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.
Information can be given anonymously. The DOW is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in any of these cases.