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Canada lynx.


Trapping, poisoning, and loss of habitat contributed to the decline of the lynx and its disappearance from our state. However, in the 1990s, CPW began a seven-year effort to reintroduce these amazing animals back into the San Juan Mountains. The reintroduction resulted in astounding success, and our current monitoring efforts suggest that Colorado is home to 150-250 individual animals. 

Why Are Lynx Important?

Lynx are beautiful and powerful predators. They are a solitary species, generally traveling and hunting on their own. Their diets include large amounts of quick-reproducing, small animals such as snowshoe hare. Our reintroduction of lynx is one of the highest-profile projects we’ve implemented. We’re proud of our success and are determined to stay proactive in our monitoring efforts to protect these stealthy, ear-tufted felines. 

What Are The Associated Challenges?

Residential and Commercial DevelopementEnergy Development and Land Use​​​​​

What is CPW Doing?

Lynx kitten held by a USFWS biologist.Now, our efforts involving lynx focus on monitoring. Our team developed a non-invasive and cost efficient way to check on lynx habitats. Trapping animals to attach collars is an invasive and costly process, but the elusive​ nature and harsh habitat of the Lynx posed an interesting obstacle.

We formulated two ways to collect critical information:

  1. Teams go out on snowmobiles each winter to record​ footprints.

  2. Every fall, we place wildlife cameras in forest habitats. We collect them in the spring to find thousands of photos of lynx and other species. Check out these wildlife camera shots​ from a research project.


​How Can You H​elp​?

​You can help us monitor l​ynx by filling out our sighting form​ if you happen to see one! Include as much information as you can, and if you’re able to snap a photo without disturbing the animal, that’s a huge help as well. 

Find more ideas of how you can make a difference. Every action, no matter how small, can make a positive impact. See Your Help​.

Take A Closer Look

Learn more about how to identify lynx​!

Scholarship & Wildlife Society Art Prints

"Silent Predator" lynx art print by Edward Aldrich

Limited edition "Silent Predator" lynx art prints (29”W x 23”H) by Edward Aldrich can be purchased for $75 by contacting the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Sales of the lynx print will go toward the Jim Olterman Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society