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John Kanter, Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program Coordinator: 603-271-2461
Liza Poinier, N.H. Fish and Game Public Affairs: 603-271-3211
December 22, 2011

Canada lynx (c) Peter Abdu and Cameron Ehle
Male Canada lynx captured with trail camera in fall 2011 ©Peter Abdu and Cameron Ehle

Special Fundraising Effort Underway to Document Canada Lynx in N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. – Sightings of the elusive Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) have been on the rise over the past decade in the Granite State – including the exciting observation of four lynx kittens this November in northern New Hampshire. A special fundraising effort is now underway through the N.H. Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program to develop a conservation plan for Canada lynx, document their presence in the state and determine the location of prime lynx habitat.

“Our current fundraising appeal is centered on the lynx project, making it especially exciting to get confirmation of the news of the lynx kittens in the midst of it," said John Kanter, Nongame Program coordinator. "To support and participate in this work, people can help with their donations."

Tax-deductible contributions to help fund the New Hampshire Canada lynx effort and other critical Nongame Program projects may be sent to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. (Make checks payable to NH Fish and Game/Nongame Program.) For a print-and-mail contribution form, visit www.wildnh.com/Wildlife/Nongame/support_nongame.htm.

Canada lynx are endangered in New Hampshire and were added to the federal list of “threatened” species in 2000. Lynx are large cats (15-38 pounds and three feet long) distinguished by tufts on their ears, short tails that are often ringed and tipped with black, and large paws that help them navigate through deep snow. “Historically, lynx were found in the White Mountains and to the north,” said Lindsay Webb, a biologist with the Nongame Program. “We are excited to get out and do surveys this winter and look for evidence of them.”

Work of the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program is made possible by the generous donations of individuals and businesses, which help N.H. Fish and Game qualify for critical Federal and State matching funds.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program is the steward for species not hunted, fished or trapped. Through wildlife monitoring and management, plus outreach and education, the Nongame Program works to protect over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as thousands of insects and other invertebrates. Learn more at www.wildnh.com/nongame.

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