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A Winter Search for the Missing Lynx

Just a single feline hair could answer the question: Are lynx still in Wyoming?

Wired to a tree trunk overhead was the hindquarter of a road-killed mule deer. Fine-diameter lynx hair — what he hoped for — it was not, Wilmot said.

“You can tell it’s deer hair because it’s tubular, it’s hollow,” Wilmot said. “Carnivore hair is skinnier than that. I’m confident it’s from the bait.”

So it goes, so far, in Wilmot’s hunt to find the lynx.

The last confirmed occurrence of the mid-sized carnivore in Wyoming was in Yellowstone National Park in 2014. A Wyoming Range observation in 2010 marks the last verified lynx on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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By Mike Koshmrl

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