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Fri., March 15, 2013, 6:38 a.m.

Delay in lynx recovery spurs federal lawsuit

his April 19,2005, file photo shows a Canada lynx in the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. The Obama administration announced Tuesday May 10, 2011, that it intends to work through a backlog of more than 250 imperiled animal and plant species, including the Canada lynx, over the next six years to decide if they need protection under the Endangered Species Act. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
his April 19,2005, file photo shows a Canada lynx in the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. The Obama administration announced Tuesday May 10, 2011, that it intends to work through a backlog of more than 250 imperiled animal and plant species, including the Canada lynx, over the next six years to decide if they need protection under the Endangered Species Act. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

PREDATORS – Wildlife advocates have asked a federal court to force the government to come up with a recovery plan for Canada lynx 13 years after the snow-loving wild cats were declared a threatened species.

A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the long delay by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violates federal law.

Four environmental groups want the U.S. District Court in Montana to set a date for the agency to adopt a “road map” that would detail what’s needed for lynx to recover.

A Fish and Wildlife spokesman declined comment on the lawsuit.

It’s unknown how many lynx survive in the U.S. They are rarely seen across a 14-state range that includes portions of the Northeast, the Rocky Mountains, the western Great Lakes and the Cascade Range of Washington and Oregon.




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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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