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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Colorado Division of Wildlife successfully reintroduced Lynx into the state in 1997,,,,,,,,,15 years later, a viable breeding population is slowly rebuilding itself........The two cats captured via photo on the Molas Pass between Silverton and Durango are a sight for any wildlifers eyes!

Rare Lynx sighting in Southwest Colorado
Lynx sighting in San Juan Mountains (Photo Reddit)
DURANGO, Colo. – A rare sighting of two Canadian Lynx was captured in Colorado.
The photo was taken on Molas Pass between Silverton and Durango on the weekend of Jan. 20 by retired National Park Service employee Steve Chaney.

The rare mammal found mostly in northern forests of Canada and Alaska has been commonly mistaken as a bobcat and satirically described by many online readers as their house cat on a protein trip.
Finding two in the Western slopes of Colorado is incredibly rare.

The animal became extinct in Colorado in 1970. According the Colorado Division of Wildlife, a program to reintroduce the lynx population began in 1997, but took over a decade to reach success. An article published in 5280 magazine in 2007 discussed a problem with poachers in Colorado going after the lynx for their fur.

In the summer of 2010, the population was said to have been successfully reintroduced thanks to the continued effort of the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

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