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Mon., March 26, 2012, 5:08 p.m.

Lynx shows up at wolverine bait station

A Canada lynx visits a bait station set up by Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers monitoring wolverines in North Idaho. (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)
A Canada lynx visits a bait station set up by Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers monitoring wolverines in North Idaho. (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week.

The photo comes from a bait station set up by Idaho Fish and Game, which is partnering on the research with Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Note the black tufts on the tips of the ears, and the huge furry feet that give it snowshoe-like buoyancy  on the snow. The winter track of a lynx looks as though a powder puff has been dabbed in the snow.

The lynx, which is federally listed as a threatened species, feeds primarily on snowshoe hares

See more bait station photos of the lynx as well as of the volunteers and other critters visiting the bait stations -- on the Wolverine Study Facebook Page.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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