Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Colorado: No leads in suspected poaching of lynx

By The Denver Post

Posted: 02/16/2010 01:00:00 AM MST
Updated: 02/16/2010 01:28:19 AM MST

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials report no leads in their investigation of the suspected illegal killing of a lynx — the second in four months.

State agents still are looking into what happened north of Silverthorne around Jan. 18 when, after receiving a mortality signal from a radio collar, they found only the bloody collar, agency spokesman Randy Hampton said. The collar belonged to a 13-year-old female lynx that often moved between the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area and Rocky Mountain National Park. A 4-year-old male lynx shot with a bow and arrow was found last fall in southwestern Colorado.

"We have no reason to believe these two incidents are linked," Hampton said.

Reward money has been offered to anybody providing information that leads to a conviction in this crime.

Poaching has been a leading cause of death for lynx, reintroduced from 1999 to 2005 after nearly becoming extinct. In 2005, radio collars were found cut from two lynx poached in southwestern Colorado.

Bruce Finley, The Denver Post


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