The University of Idaho, in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the United States Forest Service, had planned to release lynx to the Clearwater National Forest (CNF) in Idaho. Lynx are at the southern periphery of their range in Idaho, and although once present on the CNF, now are apparently extinct or very rare in the area. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is currently reviewing the status of lynx in the contiguous United States and may decide to add the species to the Endangered Species List (ESL). If the species does become listed, measures to protect native lynx may be implemented, including possible road closures and restrictions on activities in natural areas. Preliminary work undertaken on the CNF in anticipation of the release suggested that the area likely could support a viable population of lynx. Also, the Fish and Wildlife Service ruled that released lynx would not be covered under the Endangered Species Act because of their non-native status...
Murray, D.L.. 1999. The Endangered Species List and Lynx Conservation in Idaho: Public Paranoia and Politics Over Biology (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: university of idaho, idaho, department of fish and game, united states forest service, cnf, species at risk, sara
Scientific Name: Lynx canadensis
English Name: Lynx
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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