Jan 29, 2010 4:27 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Poacher kills lynx in Summit County

One of the first lynx released in Colorado to restore the cats to the state has been killed by a poacher.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the 13-year-old female lynx trapped in Canada and released in southwest Colorado in 1999 was killed last weekend in Summit County.

A signal from the cat's radio collar indicated she was dead. Wildlife officers didn't find the carcass, but found evidence that the lynx was killed.

Data from the cat's collar showed she had roamed from southwest Colorado as far north as Rocky Mountain National Park.

Lynx were wiped out in Colorado by the 1970s by trapping and development. The long-haired cats are classified as threatened under state and federal law and can't be hunted.


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