Oct 24, 2009 10:38 am US/Mountain
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) ― State wildlife officers say someone illegally killed a lynx, which are protected under state and federal laws.
The 4-year-old male lynx was found in western Colorado after researchers responded to a signal from the radio collar the cat was wearing. The state Division of Wildlife says the lynx was shot with a bow and arrow.
Lynx are on the state and federal endangered species lists and can't be hunted. The state Division of Wildlife has released more than 200 lynx from Canada and Alaska in southwest Colorado since 1999 to restore the long-haired mountain cat to the state.
A reward is being offered for information on the lynx through the state Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://www.bigcatrescue.org