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Lynx Sighting in Colorado! Rare Photo of Two Lynx Goes Viral [See Photo]

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jan 25, 2013 11:14 AM EST

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A lynx sighting is rare enough in Colorado, but a retired National Park Service employee was able to get a photo of two lynx last weekend.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife group posted the photo of two lynx on their Facebook page. The photo, taken by Steve Chaney was shared over 8,000 times and was liked by more than 11,000 people.

The photo then made it on sharing site, Reddit where it was viewed by thousands of more people. Many commented on the photo. Some gave some information about lynx in Colorado and some shared their own lynx sighting stories.

Userr elition shared this blurb from WikiPedia:

"Starting in 1999, the Colorado Division of Wildlife began a program reintroducing a wild lynx population back to Colorado. While showing early signs of promise, biologists say it will take more than a decade to determine whether the program is a success. However, in 2006 the first case of a native-born Colorado lynx giving birth since 1999 was documented: it gave birth to two kittens, affirming the possibility of successful reintroduction. There were many successful kindles thereafter."

User whitewaterfanatic shared their story of when they spotted a lynx in Colorado.

"I live in the foothills of Colorado and I saw one of these guys in my yard last month. Went out to get something from my car and one was just sitting in the shade besides the back wheel. By the time I noticed, I was about 15 feet from it and couldn't help but walk away rather quickly after realizing it wasn't a house cat! It was a lot smaller than these look, so it was probably pretty young, born in the wild after being reintroduced? In any case, I had no idea they were reintroducing them back into the wild. This is great. Lynx are just awesome."

According to Fox31, the lynx was extinct in the area at one point. There were no lynx in Colorado in the 1970's, but a program was started in 1997 to reintroduce the species to the area. It took over a decade for the population to grow, but the animals are still in danger as poachers hunt them for their fur.

 

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