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Wildlife officers investigate killing of lynx near Silverthorne

Summit Daily staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

HEENEY, Colo. -The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking information regarding a lynx that was killed near Green Mountain Reservoir in northern Summit County sometime on Jan. 16 or 17.

Lynx were reintroduced into Colorado, starting in 1999, and this female was one of the first released into the San Juan Mountains in the southwest part of the state.

Information from the radio collar that the lynx had been fitted with provided years of information on the cat, a 13-year-old female who often moved between the Vail Pass area and Rocky Mountain National Park. It had recently been living above Cataract Lake and was last seen along Heeney Road on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 16.

A mortality signal from the radio collar that the lynx was wearing was received on Jan.18. DOW personnel later recovered the collar; however the carcass of the lynx was missing. DOW officers determined from evidence found in the area that the lynx was likely killed near that location and the collar removed.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Division of Wildlife office in Hot Sulphur Springs at (970) 725-6200, or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Callers can remain anonymous and a reward is available to anyone providing information leading to a conviction. Lynx are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act; killing one is illegal.

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