Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Conservationists want more lynx habitat

Associated Press - March 4, 2009 1:25 PM ET

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Conservation groups say more parts of the Greater Yellowstone Area in Wyoming and Idaho could be set aside for lynx habitat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced 39,000 square miles of critical lynx habitat around the nation, including the Greater Yellowstone Area.

Conservation groups called the new designation a drastic improvement over the previous plan that left out Greater Yellowstone completely.

Still, they say lynx have been documented in areas around Greater Yellowstone that were not included in the latest Fish and Wildlife Service decision, including portions of Grand Teton National Park and the Palisades area in eastern Idaho.

Federal wildlife biologists say those areas don't have enough good habitat to sustain a reproductive female with a litter of kittens.

Information from: Jackson Hole News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com

http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=9945900&nav=menu227_2

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