SAN JUAN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– More than 20 years after the reintroduction of lynx into Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the project is being called a success. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is monitoring the wild cats using remote cameras and winter snow tracking.


(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

CPW estimates there are around 200 lynx in the core area of the San Juans and believe there are more dispersed throughout Colorado.

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The San Juans are located in southwestern Colorado. Colorado has three native feline species, the mountain lion, the bobcat and the lynx. What makes the lynx different than a bobcat is the tuft of black hair on the tips of its ears and its short or bobbed tail.

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CPW would like to know about sightings of lynx across the state.

LINK: CPW Lynx Sightings

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NOTE: This story was originally posted on Dec. 16.

Jennifer McRae