Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2007
A Canada lynx has been spotted roaming the wilds of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Wildlife biologists from Vermont and New Hampshire identified a set of lynx tracks in an Essex County state wildlife management area on Feb. 7. The Canada lynx is native to Vermont , but the species has always been scarce in the state, according to historic accounts. The last time there was a confirmed sighting in Vermont was in 1968.
Cousin to the bobcat, the Canada lynx have ear tufts and facial ruffs on their cheeks that are larger than those of bobcats. Lynx also have longer legs and larger, heavily furred feet that enable them to travel easily on snow.
The lynx is protected by state and federal law and is federally listed as a threatened species. It is listed by Vermont as endangered. Killing one carries with it a 6 month jail sentence and a $25,000 fine.