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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, March 24, 2014

Two, three and even four generations of Lynx kittens have been born in Colorado since the state re-introduced them in 1999.................A success story in the making!

Lynx return to the high country

They're shy animals, but seen on occasion

A male lynx crosses a road just outside of Silverton during a snow squall on Saturday. The elusive cats were reintroduced in Colorado in 1999.Enlarge photo
Ray Dileo/Silverton Standard & the Miner
A male lynx crosses a road just outside of Silverton during a
 snow squall on Saturday. The elusive cats were reintroduced in 
Colorado in 1999.
Areclusive male lynx photographed crossing a highway near Silverton on Saturday could be a more common sight for a couple of months, Patt Dorsey, the southwest regional wildlife manager for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said Tuesday.
“It's mating season, so males may be on the move looking for females,” Dorsey said. “It's not unusual to find them around Silverton.”
Wildlife officials are calling the reintroduction of Canada lynx into the Weminuche Wilderness in 1999 a success, Dorsey said.
“There have been several generations of lynx born in Colorado,” Dorsey said. “They have migrated to Silverton, Telluride and Creede.”
The lynx photographed Saturday didn't have a tracking collar such as the first generation of lynx. So, unless the collar fell off or was torn off, the lynx likely is a Colorado native, Dorsey said.
Lynx are reclusive, living usually above 8,000-feet elevation and subsisting mainly on snowshoe hares, Dorsey said. They will eat other animals such as squirrels.

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