Sep 17, 2010 1:43 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Colorado wildlife officials are declaring victory in their 11-year effort to reintroduce lynx to the state.
The Division of Wildlife said Friday that the cats are reproducing faster than they're dying, a sign of a self-sustaining population.
Colorado's native lynx died out in the early 1970s because of trapping, poisoning and development. Wildlife officers began reintroducing them in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, releasing lynx that were captured in Alaska and Canada.
By 2006, a total of 218 lynx were brought in. Researchers say at least 141 lynx kittens have been born in Colorado since 2003, including at least 14 this year.
They estimate that between 30 and 40 percent of the female lynx in Colorado gave birth this year.