Londonderry citizens have recently seen a wild Canada lynx, one of the first solid proofs that this enigmatic animal is still living in Vermont.
According to the statistics, this species was last seen a few decades ago. A biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Department in Vermont were thrilled at hearing this great news, as they doubled their efforts to create the ideal environment for many species, including the Canada lynx.
This mysterious big cat is critically endangered and protected under the Endangered Species Act. The animal was spotted and photographed while it was walking in a home’s backyard.
After seeing the pictures, biologists confirmed that the enigmatic cat was the Canada lynx. Since then, researchers set up a camera to monitor the area in case the Lynx appears again. Another picture was taken back in May before the Londonderry event, but it was just recently noticed by a student from the University of Vermont, who set a camera as a project for her college research.
The mysterious lynx was photographed under Route 9 when it was passing a wildlife underpass developed by VTrans and Fish & Wildlife in Vermont. According to wildlife biologist Chris Bernier, seeing an animal traveling such a long distance underlines the fact that Vermont has to provide a healthy environment not just for the lynx population but also for other species.
The underpass used by the lynx was specifically created to allow animals a safe pass under the surface road used by people. This excellent solution reduces and prevents the number of animals hit by cars, especially during the night.
Bernier is almost convinced that the lynx is a male because they usually travel long distances probably to find a mate. In other words, it is more likely that the same lynx was spotted in both places.
Wildlife biologists systematically monitor the lynx habitat developed in the surrounding area, but they haven’t found any signs indicating that the animals use southern Vermont as their home, meaning that it is just a transition area.
Canada lynx prey on snowshoe hares, so they usually live in unbroken fir trees forest or spruce. The highest density of forests is in Essex County, Vermont, and less in other parts of the state. Bernier further adds that there has never been a resident lynx population in Vermont, as they were very rare even during the time of the first colonists.
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