Canada lynx sets mark for longest trek: 2,000 km

Canwest News Service – Wildlife experts are describing as “incredible” the 2,000-kilometre journey home of a tuft-eared wildcat that was captured as a young adult in B.C. in 2003 and transported to Colorado for a landmark lynx-reintroduction program. There it fathered at least six offspring before heading for home … its epic trek over such a vast expanse of North America — across countless highways, numerous mountain ranges and probably a stretch of northwest Colorado desert — is being hailed as an inspiring sign of nature’s resilience after generations of severe habitat loss and depleted wildlife populations. The journey of the nine-year-old lynx — known to scientists in Canada and the U.S. as specimen BC-03-M-02 — is bound to become a classic case study for biologists, says University of Alberta lynx researcher Gabby Yates. “The fact that he made his way back so far, and fairly close to his original location in B.C. — that’s not too shabby for not having a GPS,” she said. “It’s just amazing.”

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