Wildlife groups sue over imperiled lynx's habitat

November 17, 2014

Wildlife advocates have sued the federal government after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.

Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed separate lawsuits over lynx on Monday in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana.

They assert the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improperly excluded the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico and Colorado as protected habitat for the elusive, forest-dwelling wild cat.

The plaintiffs also say the agency left out important habitat in portions of Washington state, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

The lawsuit asks the court to strike down the September finding and send the issue back to federal wildlife officials for reconsideration.

Lynx first gained federal protections in 2000. There is no reliable population estimate for the animals.

Explore further: Judge: FWS plan excluded possible lynx habitat

Related Stories

Wildlife advocates hail Rocky Mountain wolf ruling

August 6, 2010

(AP) -- Wildlife advocates say a ruling to restore Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves throughout the Northern Rocky Mountains buys time to create a better plan than the one the judge rejected, one that ensures ...

Recommended for you

Semimetals are high conductors

March 18, 2019

Researchers in China and at UC Davis have measured high conductivity in very thin layers of niobium arsenide, a type of material called a Weyl semimetal. The material has about three times the conductivity of copper at room ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.