Mexican environmental authorities loaded eight lions, two lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard two military planes for a trip to a Colorado wildlife sanctuary on Wednesday, after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned.
Mexican officials sent a malnourished lion cub named Leonardo on a flight to an animal sanctuary in Colorado, the first in what will be a transfer of two dozen big cats and other animals.
A variety of rare wildlife encounters is making this winter’s scenery even more picturesque and quintessentially Coloradan.
Biologists have begun a long-term monitoring program to determine how lynx are faring in the southern Rockies.
Wildlife advocates have sued the federal government after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.
U.S. wildlife officials are expanding protections for Canada lynx to include animals in New Mexico, while again denying critical habitat designations for the elusive wild cats in the Southern Rockies.
The U.S. Forest Service has consented to expanding federal leases that Mountain Coal Co. uses to extract coal from the West Elk Mine.