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Maine Audubon and Other Groups Offering Cash Reward for Information

March 01, 2007 - TRC

FALMOUTH - Thanks to an anonymous donor, Maine
Audubon is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person who shot an endangered Canada lynx in northwest Maine late last year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Federation are offering an additional $1,500 reward for information about the shooting.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents and game wardens of the Maine Warden Service are investigating the shooting, which amputated one of the lynx's rear legs, according to Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Robert Rothe.

Without one of its rear legs, the adult male lynx was unable to fend for itself and ultimately starved to death, Rothe said. The carcass was recovered December 20 a half mile north of Third Musquacook Lake; however, the animal may have been shot several days or weeks earlier and almost certainly had traveled some distance from the site where it was shot.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact either Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement agents at (207) 469-6842 or the Maine Warden Service's Operation Game Thief at 1(800) ALERT US (253-7887).

Male lynx have a home range of about 24 square miles. Wildlife biologists equipped this lynx with a radio collar in the year 2000 as part of a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife study.

Information from the study shows that this lynx's home range extended from the Musquacook Stream between Second and Third Musquacook lakes, eastward to Squirrel Pond and Long Pond. The lynx had often been observed from the bridge at the intersection of the American Realty Road and the Blanchet-Maibec Road in Township T11 R11, Aroostook County.

Canada lynx are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act protects. The federal penalty for killing a lynx is a six month jail sentence and a fine of up to $25,000. Maine state law also prohibits the hunting and trapping of Canada lynx.

MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.

Contact: Jody Jones, (207) 781-2330, ext. 226
USFWS Special Agent Robert Rothe, (207) 469-6842, ext. 210

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