Endangered Species Challenge

endangered-collageWe recently agreed to add our voice to Louis Dog’s Life Endangered Species Challenge. Mom however missed the date so I’m posting it for her albeit a couple days late. Why not use all that groovy technology you have at your fingertips for crying out loud, I ask? Sheesh, pawrents!

Sam here. I think we can all agree that far too many of the world’s fascinating animals are in danger of disappearing from Planet Earth. To figure out which threatened or endangered animal we wanted to highlight, we went to our state Parks & Wildlife website for their comprehensive list. Sadly there were waaay too many listed and it was hard to single out one in particular until we saw the beautiful and elusive Lynx. With its trademark ear tufts and huge feet, it was clear we wanted to shed some light on this beautiful mammal. Besides, I’m fascinated by cats!

Lynx are a large bob-tailed cat about 3 feet long weighing anywhere from 20-30 pounds, possessing a black-tipped tail about one-eighth of its total length, and only about half the length of its huge hind feet even if mom’s photo makes it look like Mr. Lynx is ginormous compared to moi. For comparison, I’m about 50 lbs. when I hold my breath 🙂 [sizing–yet another technology fail on mom’s part-ugh]. Their coats are grayish with some obscure spots but their single most recognizable characteristic is the fabulous ear tufts that might be nearly as long as the actual ears. Often referred to as a ‘silent predator,’ the lynx is a patient hunter, waiting for the right moment and helped by those enormous hind feet which allow them to move easily across the snowpack to pounce on their preferred meal of choice: snowshoe hares. Their feet are huge at around 8 inches long. Can you say, “Big Foot?!”

Endangered Lynx (Lynx canadensis) in Colorado
Endangered Lynx (Lynx Canadensis) in Colorado

Although you’re more likely to see Sasquatch than a lynx in Colorado, there was an ambitious and controversial reintroduction plan in the late 1990’s in the remote San Juan mountains. Nearly 30 years later it has been deemed successful with between 150-250 of these magnificent felines being monitored by radio-satellite collars. Lynx are still considered critically imperiled in Colorado and with a recent population explosion in our state, it does remain to be seen if lynx and humans can eventually co-exist again. We’re rooting for this ‘fur-tastic’ mammal to survive. Have you ever seen one in the furs?

Live, love, bark! <3

 

34 thoughts on “Endangered Species Challenge

  1. I am thrilled to hear of the lynx success here. It’s funny – we’ve have tons and tons of bobcats here but many people mistaken them for lynx (that’s a much cooler animal to see). I think that we’re getting people educated about how to tell the difference. It’s important because we truly want to know if one moves into our neighborhood so we can have a welcome party 🙂

  2. It’s sad that so many animals are endangered. Wild turkeys are a huge success story here in NH. They were endangered and the state Fish & Game Dept. started a program to increase their numbers many years ago. Now you see turkeys everywhere you go. They may not be beautiful birds, but they are impressive!

  3. The Scottish Wild Cat – a sub-species of the European Wild-Cat – is on the endangered list. I have never seen one but they roam the wild areas of the Scottish Highlands.

  4. It’s too bad that people and wild animals can’t learn to co-habitat, but, as you or someone else said, it’s nature that always loses. I haven’t seen a lynx, but we do have bobcats here and I once saw a mom and a baby. Apparently, they had their den just down the hill from my shop. The mom went between the house and the shop, oblivious to my presence. When the baby came up over the hill, it spotted me, and skedaddled back down the hill.

  5. We love lynx and have seen them here in the extreme, northern part of BC. They are beautiful!

    the critters in the cottage xo

  6. Sam, thank you fur speaking fur the endangered lynx! It really is not too late – never too late to help the anipals in need – so if you send me your entry I will add it to the others on the Blogville Arts and Entertainment website. Either way you have earned yourself a badge. Thanks again fur supporting the endangered anipals.
    Your Furend
    Louis Dog Armstrong

  7. Such magnificent creatures! When it comes to humans vs. nature, nature always suffers. They’ve built and built around here so that most of the deer’s natural habitat is gone and so people complain about deer in their yards … and deer being hit on the street … where do people think the deer go? What option do they have other than people’s yards for food? Drives me insane!

  8. I love their fluffy hindlegs… they look like wearing pants :o) and we hope that all this wonderful animals have a chance to be with us… it would be so sad if we destroy our planet an all the beutiful things what live there…

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