Monday, April 06, 2009

4 Canada lynx outfitted with radio collars

Last updated April 6, 2009 1:21 p.m. PT

LOOMIS, Wash. -- Washington state wildlife biologists studying the Canada lynx have ended the winter phase of their work.

This week they closed a few dozen cages and stopped searching for the big cats in the high country of Okanogan County.

Since late January, biologists have captured four lynx and outfitted them with new radio tracking collars. Two are new to the study and two have been tracked for a year.

Soon biologists hope to retrieve the collar of a fifth lynx from just north of the Canadian border. The collar was programmed to drop off a lynx named Loomis after one year.

Lead scientist Gary M. Koehler says the research will help improvement management of lynx in the state, where Canada lynx are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenworld.com

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_wa_collared_lynx.html

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