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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
2008 Lynx Kitten Count, Zero! But It's Not all Bad
(2008-07-11)
A Colorado Lynx. (Courtesy: Colorado Division of Wildlife)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The Colorado Division of Wildlife has concluded its annual count of Lynx kitten.
The news is not good, but it's not all bad either.
KSUT'S Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Over the past six years, DOW has released 218 adult lynx, many in the San Juan Mountains.
116-Lynx kittens have been born.
No new Lynx have been released as part of the reintroduction effort, since 2006.
DOW Spokesman Joe Lewandowski says this years kitten count, for the second year in a row, turned up no news kittens.
Wildlife biologists think that may be part of a natural cycle.
LEWANDOWSKI: THE SUSPICION IS THAT THE SNOWSHOE HARE POPULATION IS IN A DOWNWARD TREND NOW WHICH IS
A NATURAL CYCLE WE BELIEVE. AND THE SNOWSHOE HARE, THE BIOLOGISTS BELIEVE, REALLY PROVIDE THE PROPER NUTRITION THAT THE FEMALES NEED TO PROPERLY REPRODUCE.
On the positive side, Lewandowski says the lynx they are tracking appear to be in great shape.
LEWANDOWSKI: EVERY YEAR WE TRACK THESE CATS AND IN THE WINTER TIME WE'LL GO AND TRAP CATS, REPLACE THEIR RADIO COLLARS AND CHECK THEM FOR THEIR GENERAL HEALTH. WHAT WE'VE FOUND THE LAST TWO WINTERS IS THAT THE ADULT CATS ARE IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE. THEIR BODY CONDITION IS NORMAL, THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'RE GETTING PLENTY TO EAT.
Lewsandowski also says the lynx populations that have been observed by DOW researchers show the cats are establishing good social structures and exhibiting breeding behavior, males are establishing territories and lynx are behaving as they should in the wild.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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