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Despite the best efforts to ensure the health and safety of Colorado's newly returned cat, the lynx reintroduction program still suffers losses, some rather unexpected and even a bit bizarre. In late summer 2005, more than five years after he was released into Colorado's wilderness, the lynx nicknamed Larry, Chilkat's mate, wandered into an elk farm and was trampled to death. It remains to be seen whether Chilkat will find another mate and produce more litters.
—Mary Jennings


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Colorado Division of Wildlife: Lynx
Read updates, view photos, or donate to the program on the Colorado Division of Wildlife's website dedicated to the cat it has brought back.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Lynx
Learn more about recovery, critical habitat, and the listing decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Endangered Species Program.
National Park Conservation Association: Lynx
Get a general fact sheet on lynx and learn which U.S. national parks they can be found.
IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group 
Learn why the World Conservation Association supports reintroduction programs such as Colorado's lynx program.


Clark, Tim W., ed., Carnivores in Ecosystems: The Yellowstone Experience. Yale University Press, 1999.
Glickman, Dan. "Lynx to the Past," Newsweek, February 15, 1999.
Kobalenka, Jerry. Forest Cats of North America. Firefly Books, 1997.
Nelson, Dan A. Predators at Risk in the Pacific Northwest. Mountaineer Books, 2000.
Ruggiero, Leonard F., and others.  Ecology and Conservation of Lynx in the United States. U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1999. An online version is available at www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr030.html.
Schneider, Jost. Lynx. Carolrhoda Books, 1995.

NGS Resources

Setzer, Henry W. National Geographic Book of Mammals. National Geographic Books, 1998.
"The Lynx." National Geographic World (December 1985), 24-9.
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