First lynx found in Vermont in almost 40 years

Print More

The Canada lynx is back, in the U.S., that is.

The threatened cat is returning to the wilderness of northeastern Vermont and northern New Hampshire.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says a lynx was inadvertently shot by a farmer in Derby earlier this year who was protecting farm animals from a predator.

It was the first confirmed sighting of a lynx in Vermont since 1968. Tracks have also been spotted.

There are an estimated 200 to 500 lynx in Maine.

The primary prey for lynx is the snowshoe hare, which thrive in forests that are regrowing after being logged.

Lynx look a lot like bobcats, but they have longer legs and bigger feet, which makes it easier for them to travel in deep snow.


AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

Comments are closed.