Lynx Poaching Reward Soars to $10,000

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The Denver-based Animal Assistance Foundation has pledged $2,500 to help find the person or persons who recently killed two lynx in southwest Colorado.

The pledge by the Animal Assistance Fund brings the total amount of reward money in the lynx cases to $10,000. In early November, the Colorado Division of Wildlife announced that it would pay a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Several other conservation organizations followed immediately with their own pledges for reward money. The other organizations include: Sinapu, Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, Center for Native Ecosystems, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Colorado Wild, Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project, and Wilderness Workshop.

“The Colorado Division of Wildlife is very appreciative of the support from these organizations in this effort,” said Patt Dorsey, area wildlife manager for the DOW in Durango. “The DOW continues to investigate these cases. As always with these types of cases, we’re hoping to get some help from someone who might have some information about either of these incidents.”

Two lynx were shot and killed sometime at the end of October. The first lynx was shot twice by a high-powered rifle in the Hermosa Park area about 35 miles north of Durango near the Durango Mountain Resort ski area. The second lynx was shot at close range with a shotgun on a road just north of Silverton.

The DOW is reintroducing lynx in the mountains of Colorado. The first lynx were released in 1999. About 200 lynx are believed to be alive in Colorado’s southern and central mountains.

If anyone has information about any of these incidents, they are asked to call the DOW office in Durango at (970)247-0855; or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648. Information can be given anonymously.

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