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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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Friday, March 15, 2013

The Canadian Lynx has the Western Environmental Law Center in it's corner 13 years after the USFW declared it THREATENED....................Some successes as in the Colorado restoration of the species----Now the environmental community is pushing for the full Federal Recovery Plan to get finalization and implementation

Delay in lynx recovery 


 spurs federal lawsuit
associated press
BILLINGS, Mont. — Thirteen years after the government
 listed Canada lynx as a threatened species, wildlife
 on Thursday asked a federal judge to force the U.S.
 Fish and
 Wildlife Service to finish its long-awaited recovery plan
 for the
snow-loving wild cats.
Four groups represented by the Western Environmental
 Center allege the long delay on the part of the U.S. Fish
 Wildlife Service violates federal law.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Montana, they asked
 the court to set a date for the government to adopt a "road
map" that would detail
 what's needed for lynx to recover.
While the government has taken steps to protect lynx since
their 2000 listing — including a 2009 designation of habitat
considered critical to the species' survival — the recovery
 has been on hold.
That's in part because of lawsuits over the 39,000 square
 miles of lynx habitat identified in Washington, Idaho,
 Wyoming, Minnesota and Maine, federal officials said.
It's also
 due to the higher priority that's been given to other species
 face more acute threats, they said.
But the plaintiffs in the case say the government
should be
 pushing ahead on both the habitat and recovery
 simultaneously to keep the lynx from edging closer
 to extinction.
"Thirteen years is a long time to wait for something
that's really
an essential part of recovering a species," said Arlene
 Montgomery with Friends of the Wild Swan in Big
Fork, Mont.
The other plaintiffs in the case are Rocky Mountain
 San Juan Citizens Alliance and the Biodiversity
Canada lynx aren't listed as threatened in Alaska,
 and it's
 believed that they number only in the hundreds in
 the Lower
 48 states. Federal wildlife officials say the cats'
nature makes it hard to know for certain.
Its large, furry paws help the predator stay on top
 of the
 deep snows that are typical through its range —
and also
 make it easier to capture the snowshoe hares that
 are its
 primary prey.
Weighing about 20 to 30 pounds and roughly the
size of a
 bobcat, the animals are rarely seen across a range
 once covered 14 states. They're still found in
 portions of
 the Northeast, the Rocky Mountains, the western
Lakes and the Cascade Range of Washington state.
They were reintroduced to Colorado in 1999, under
 program that state officials in 2010 declared as a
 Whether Colorado should be included as part of the
 species' designated habitat is under review as the
 result of a separate lawsuit.
In a March 6 letter to the Western Environmental Law
 Center, the Fish and Wildlife Service said the agency
will start work on the recovery plan only after it submits
 a new critical habitat rule by Sept. 30, 2014.
The agency also said additional litigation could prevent
 that work from going forward.
Federal law "does not specify a time line for completion
 of recovery plans," the letter said.
Matthew Bishop, a Montana attorney who filed Thursday's
 lawsuit, said habitat loss due to logging, climate change
 and other factors remains a threat that needs to be dealt
 with across the lynx's range.
"A recovery plan would identify specific management
 actions that need to occur to achieve recovery. Not
 just survival, but recovery," he said.

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