Canada Lynx

WELC is committed to helping this majestic cat thrive in the wild throughout the southern and northern Rocky Mountains.

Washington state lists Canada lynx as endangered Rare Cats (News Release 12/14/16)


Late last week, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to list Canada lynx as “endangered” under the state equivalent of the Endangered Species Act. This move comes as estimates for the state population of lynx fall to an estimated 54 individuals. The Canada lynx was previously listed as “threatened,” however population declines and habitat degradation have led the species to the brink of extirpation in Washington.

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Withdraws Controversial Big-game Measure, Citing Sportsmen’s Suit (News Release 12/6/16)

Montana hunters and anglers commend Forest Service’s responsible management decision

A coalition of Montana sportsmen’s groups commended the Helena-Lewis Clark National Forest’s recent decision to withdraw a controversial forest plan amendment that could have negatively impacted big game habitat, potentially greatly reducing public hunting opportunity. 

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Could New Mexico’s mountains land on the next map for Canada lynx habitat?

Buzzkill: We probably already do have Canada lynx in New Mexico. But a recent Montana District Court decision could mean land managers will need to make more concessions to see them thrive here.

The Canada lynx weighs in at just 14 to 31 pounds, with grizzled gray hair, ears tipped in black fur. Their large paws are ideal for traveling in the deep, powdery snow they and their favorite prey, snowshoe hares, rely on. They make their homes in forests in mosaic stages of growth—dense clusters of young trees and mature multistory stands.

Court Orders Fish & Wildlife Service to Reexamine Lynx Critical Habitat (News Release 9/7/16)

Feds Failed to Protect Key Habitat in Colorado

Today the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana ordered the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to reconsider its decision to exclude the Canada lynx’s entire southern Rocky Mountain range, essential for the wildcat’s recovery, from designation as critical habitat. 

Suit Seeks Public Review of Animal Pelt Exports (News Release 5/4/16)

Endangered Species Treaty Misused to Facilitate Mass Fur Export

Today, conservation groups filed suit to require open, public review of the impacts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service’s) export program that facilitates international trade in bobcat and gray wolf pelts, creates more incentive for trapping, and harms wolves, lynx, and other native wildlife.

Court orders Idaho to stop illegal trapping of protected lynx (Press Release 1/11/16)

A federal judge today ordered Idaho officials to come up with trapping restrictions to prevent Canada lynx–one of the rarest cats in the nation–from being inadvertently but illegally hurt or killed across more than 20,000 square miles of the state’s Panhandle and Clearwater regions.

Court Approves Settlement to Save Imperiled Lynx from Trapping (Press Release 9/23/15)

New Regulations in Lynx Habitat Will Protect Montana’s Rare Cats

Yesterday, the federal district court of Montana approved a settlement agreement reached between the State of Montana and conservation groups aimed at protecting threatened Canada lynx from trapping. The case is now dismissed in accordance with the agreement, which requires Montana to implement a set of reasonable restrictions on trapping in lynx habitat. The agreement also keeps the wolverine trapping season closed in Montana. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the settlement’s new regulations in July but the agreement required approval by the court.

Montana Approves Restrictions on Trapping to Save Imperiled Lynx (Press Release 7/9/15)

New Regulations in Lynx Habitat Aimed at Protecting Rare Cats

Today, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a set of reasonable restrictions on trapping in Canada lynx habitat recommended by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in an agreement with three conservation organizations who challenged the state’s failure to adequately safeguard the protected cats.

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