By Associated Press
6:08 PM MDT, October 27, 2009
DENVER (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups is offering a $4,800 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed a federally protected lynx in western Colorado.
The 4-year-old male lynx was found Oct. 7 near Silverton when researchers responded to a signal from the radio collar the cat was wearing. The state Division of Wildlife says the lynx was shot with a bow and arrow.
Lynx are on the state and federal endangered species lists. The Division of Wildlife has released more than 200 lynx from Canada and Alaska in southwest Colorado since 1999 to restore the long-haired mountain cat to the state.
A reward is also being offered through the state Operation Game Thief at (877) 265-6648.
On the Net:
Colorado Division of Wildlife: http://wildlife.state.co.us/
Center for Native Ecosystems: http://nativeecosystems.org/
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://bigcatrescue.org