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Colorado Status of Canada Lynx Reintroduction Program

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You guys ready to have some fun?

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OK, I'll bite. That's over $55,000 per lynx spent so far (for the live ones at least -- it's down to $35K if you include the dead ones) -- and the population has shrunk over a third after five years in what they claim is prime habitat. Let me guess -- they're going to claim we're on the cusp of success and it'll really take off if we throw a few more million at it, right?

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Yeah, why is it the gov't can't do anything for under a million dollars?

It is true that there was a pretty poor success rate at first, but is getting better. I'm actually quite surprised at the large number being released. I know the San Juans cover a pretty large area, but they will have released over 200 of the little buggers after it's all over. And it looks like they are dispersing already. I bet NM, WY, and UT are happy the animals are heading their direction! Now they get to go through the ESA process of designating habitat, possibly shutting down some management operations and recreational opportunities, etc. That ESA has got to get revised!

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stillhunter wrote:
Yeah, why is it the gov't can't do anything for under a million dollars?

Because it can't be outsourced to China. Wink

Besides this isn't "tax payer money" per se, the CO DOW is funded 100% by license fees and donations.

I'm not sure where steady state would be for a population of this size, but 55 births from 166 releases seems pretty good, all things considered.

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