Updated: Wed Jan. 13 2010 16:33:54
The Cochrane Ecological Institute is nursing two orphaned lynx back to health.
It’s a unique opportunity for the decades old institute that has never had to treat lynx before.
“They’re very elusive, very difficult to see in the wild. They could be sitting in this tree, you’d walk right by them and you wouldn’t probably notice they’re there,” says Ken Weagle who works at the institute.
The orphaned lynx were turned over to the ecological institute in the fall.
The animals, which are less than a year old, have had no human contact and the goal is to release them back into the wild.
Weagle says the institute is doing a lot of research to ensure the release of the lynx is successful. “We have some information on habitat, we have some information on reintroduction programs in the states, but there is a limited amount of information on the lynx in the wild,” says Weagle.
The lynx will be released later this year.
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