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Lynxes are Dying Off

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[mk_blockquote style=”quote-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”12″ align=”left”]“Lynx need snow,” Paul said. “They’re fully adapted to a winter lifestyle, with a weight ratio that allows them to move quickly across snow.”

FWS estimates that based on current climate change models, the amount of snowy habitat for lynx in Maine and New Hampshire will almost completely disappear by the end of the century. Climate change was not even recognized as a threat to Canada lynx when the species was first protected 15 years ago.

“The long-standing tradition of trap hunting in Maine could also pose a risk to lynx. More of the cats were caught in traps last year than in any year since 1999. In response, FWS and IFW adopted strict trapping rules in November. But two lynx died in traps almost immediately after the rules went into effect, forcing IFW to put even stricter measures in place and ban almost all trapping in the state’s North Woods.”[/mk_blockquote]

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