A Canada Lynx was found in a legal trap for bobcats in Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho. A man walking his dog came upon the trapped lynx. He called the Idaho wildlife officials, who were able to release the lynx unharmed.
Wildlife officials took DNA samples to run some tests on the animal. Tests will help determine whether it is a wild lynx, and possibly where the animal lives or where it came from. It could be one moving through the area or a resident of the forest. Lynx can travel hundreds of miles. This one may be a resident or it may just be a random visit.
The last lynx documented in the 4.3 million acre forest was in 1991, another lynx inadvertently caught in a trap. In Idaho the animals are classified as a "species of greatest conservation need." Only 40 lynx have been documented in east central Idaho from the late 1800s on.
In 2000 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed them as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. From The Chicago Tribune .