Preserving Critical Lynx Habitat

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Lynx. Medium sized cats, usually 30-35 inches long and weigh 18-23 poundsThey have tufted ears, black-tipped tails, furry feet and long legs for traveling through snowHighly specialized snowshoe hare predatorsListed in 2000 as a threatened species. Historical Range. The lynx was once located in 2

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1. Preserving Critical Lynx Habitat Brandon Anderson

2. Lynx Medium sized cats, usually 30-35 inches long and weigh 18-23 pounds They have tufted ears, black-tipped tails, furry feet and long legs for traveling through snow Highly specialized snowshoe hare predators Listed in 2000 as a threatened species

3. Historical Range The lynx was once located in 21 states in the U.S. within the boreal forests of the Northeast, Great Lakes, Northern Rocky Mountains, Southern Rocky Mountains and Cascade Mountains

4. Current Range Due to over trapping in the ‘80s, lynx populations have dropped drastically Lynx are currently found in only 4 states, Washington, Montana, Colorado and Maine Less than 1,000 lynx remain in the U.S.

5. What is being done? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to establish a critical habitat for the Canada lynx 26, 935 square miles of total land area 10, 633 in Maine 3,546 in Minnesota 10, 760 in the Northern Rockies 1,996 in Washington

6. What is a critical habitat? Critical habitat is defined in the Endangered Species Act Identifies geographic areas containing features essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species and may require special management considerations or protection ESA requires consideration of economic and other relevant impacts

7. What features should a critical habitat have? Boreal forest landscapes of sufficient size and overlapping several lynx ranges Presence of snowshoe hares to support breeding lynx populations Good winter snow conditions Sites for denning with coarse woody debris

8. How much would it cost? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated costs for the designation and related conservation actions at $175 million to $889 million over the next 20 years

9. Areas designated as critical habitat 1,841 square miles designated as critical habitat for the lynx 317 square miles in Voyagers National Park, Minnesota 1,389 square miles in Glacier National Park, Montana 135 square miles in North Cascade National park, Washington

10. Why were some areas left out? Due to extensive peer review, public comment, and biological information received during public comment period The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reevaluated their proposal of critical habitat and excluded lands with existing lynx management plans as well as others

11. Lynx Conservation and Assessment Strategy Developed by the Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the BLM Helping to revise Land and Resource Management Plans to provide for lynx conservation Helped provide information for the revisions of the proposed critical habitat

12. Preserving lynx populations It is essential for landowners to cooperate and continued funding for research on lynx, snowshoe hare and lynx habitat relationship Along with conservation benefits resulting from critical habitat designation, this cooperation will help to preserve lynx populations

13. How did people get involved? The proposal was open to public comments via email or mail There were also public hearings where people could voice their opinions

14. How can we get involved? With the estimated costs of designating and conserving critical habitats one way in which we can help is by donating money to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service We could also get involved in the research and study of lynx and snowshoe hare populations and relationships of habitat

15. Questions?

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