Canada Lynx Saving Efforts Started In Maine

Posted: Sep 10 2015, 6:15am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Canada Lynx Saving Efforts Started in Maine
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  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Maine Landowners are Trying to Save Canada Lynx from Extinction

Efforts are underway by various groups to save the Canada lynx from extinction. The numbers of the lynx population have gone down putting the species on the endangered list.

A downturn in the prospects of the Canada lynx population has set off alarm bells among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency has linked up with the indigenous landowners to restore the natural environment of the wild feline.

The rules are being made stricter. And forestation is the order of the day for the sake of this rare and precious animal. The snowshoe hare, which is the natural prey of the Canada lynx, is also being bred in the wild to boost its numbers.

The ultimate goal of the whole process is to allow the Canada lynx to fully flourish in a habitat where it could freely hunt. Once the species begins to thrive, it will reach its erstwhile peak levels.

The state of Maine has the largest population of Canada lynx. Between 500 and 1000 of the animals live in the region. It may surprise many to know that this is a large number. The Canada lynx has been getting scarcer and scarcer thanks to pests which have dogged its steps.

Throughout the 70s and 80s, spruce budworms infested the forest trees which was the natural ambit of the Canada lynx. Thus the trees were cleared from the area. This deforestation resulted in a disruption of the milieu which the Canada lynx considered its home.

Later on restrictions were placed on the clearing of trees, but it was too late. Now, some steps are being taken to reverse the damage that occurred way back then. The snowshoe hair population has been decimated alongside the Canada lynx population. Thus the symbiosis and predator-prey relation has gone topsy turvy.

60% of the numbers of both Canada lynx and snowshoe hare could end up dead if precautions are not taken. That will leave a minority. And so the locals are trying to boost this meager population back to health.

Already several states have been declared as critical for the future growth of the animals. The snowshoe hare population is also being incubated in the regions to provide prey for the Canada lynx.

This way the population of Canada lynx can burgeon and reach its pre-decimation levels. It will be an uphill battle alright. But it will have been worth it in the end.

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