Jan 16, 2010 10:23 AM by Associated Press

Help sought for study of human-lynx interactions

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for snowmobilers and others using the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area to wear tracking devices to see if they cross paths with lynx.

The White River National Forest in central Colorado wants to see if the cats' use of the area overlaps with people and how the cats respond to the activity.

Lynx are on the state and federal endangered species lists. The state Division of Wildlife has released more than 200 of the long-haired cats from Canada and Alaska in southwest Colorado since 1999 to restore the cats to the state.

Cross-country skiers and others in the recreation area will be asked to wear GPS devices. Their routes will be compared with data from radio-collared lynx.




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