Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Groups seek to defend lynx against snowmobile lawsuit

Rare wildcat population has been reduced by trapping, habitat loss

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Six conservation groups filed a motion in the Wyoming district court today to defend the designation of critical habitat for Canada lynx, a species threatened with extinction in the United States. In May, snowmobile advocacy groups in Washington and Wyoming filed suit seeking to nullify a February 2009 rule that identified and designated the critical habitat for lynx in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, and Maine. The designation allows the Service to protect lynx from harmful activities within areas that are crucial for the species’ survival and recovery. Read more here.

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