Investigation Continues Into Missing Lynx

Durango (AP) State wildlife officers are still trying to determine what happened to two lynx whose radio tracking collars were found last week. One collar from a male cat was dumped at the post office in Silverton. The other, from a female cat, was found in the snow northeast of Durango. That cat recently gave birth to three kittens, which likely will die on their own.

Wildlife officials fear the cats were poached, and are now asking for tips from anyone with information.

Nine Colorado conservation groups have donated $4,400 for information leading to a conviction. The Division of Wildlife's Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward.

Lynx are considered threatened under the Federal Endangered
Species Act, that means they're protected by the governmen and killing a lynx can result in prison time.

There are about 200 lynx in Colorado, mostly in the southwest part of the state. The wildlife division began releasing lynx from Canada in 1999 to restore the long–haired mountain cat to Colorado.

Anyone with information about the two lynx can call the Division of Wildlife's Operation Game Thief, 1–877–265–6648.

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