A family in Londonderry, Vermont received an unusual visit this summer, in June. A lone lynx crossed their backyard and silently took off. The rare feline was photographed, and the picture is the first proof of lynx inhabiting the area outside the Northeast Kingdom. Specialists explain that no similar sight had been reported in decades.
Lynxes are considered to be an endangered species in Vermont. The beautiful wild cats are protected by the Endangered Species Act, and hunters are not allowed to take any actions against them.
After the sight of the lone lynx had been reported, wildlife experts confirmed the presence of the feline. They identified the species from the picture, and they also investigated the site where it made its appearance. Authorities at the Department of Fish and Wildlife in Vermont were in charge of the investigation.
Moreover, a wildlife camera also provided biologists with evidence of the lynxes presence in the area. The images date before June but have recently been discovered. This second shot was taken in May, in Searsburg, but researchers believe it may be the same individual. They explain that these wild felines tend to travel long distances, and their territory can be larger than one hundred fifty kilometers.
The lone lynx in Vermont is a male, according to specialists. A team of experts monitors and tracks lynx sittings in the area, but no such groups have been reported so far. However, the mere presence of only one individual is extremely important to lynx conservation specialists.
The presence of the male lynx is high motivation for Vermont conservationists to carry on with their strategies. They even intend to intensify their efforts to help the animals lead a healthy, carefree life in the region.
Previous reports and statistics show that Vermont was never a place where lynxes thrived. For more than twenty years no significant sign of lynxes living in the area was reported. Officials know that lynxes may just come and go in their state, but it still stands as an accomplishment for biologists.
Canada lynxes are larger than bobcats, although they are easily mistaken one for the other. Their fur also has different colors, as lynxes are more often than now, silver and light gray with brown and black details. Their specific habitat is mostly comprised of the forests in Canada and Alaska. However, they can still be found in several other states in the U.S.
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