The lynx species can be found all over the world. Here in America we have our own beloved lynx species called the Canadian lynx. It is a rare species with a natural habitat around boreal forest edges.
Although much more prevalent in Canada the Canadian lynx has range all the way down to the Colorado Rockies, back up through Alaska and across to Maine. The Canadian population has been studies for decades. It was not until the early 1970’s when biologists began exploring the extinction vortex of these lynx.
There they discovered a wide ecosystem effecting and affected by the lynx species. They also notice that even though lynx could be found in the US no residential population existed.
This concerned biologist in terms of extinction vortex, inbreeding depression, the breakup of the lynx habitat and several other issues that could led to the decrease in the lynx population. After 2000, in Maine biologists discovered a residential population and make startling discoveries about the US population of lynx.
The most significant is the survival rate dependence on snowshoe hare populations. This opened the door for conversational biologist and actions were drawn up based on years of studying the populations across the US.
The start of recovery came in 2005, in the form of a Recovery Outline for the conversation of a threatened species. This led to the identification of several areas of concern but without a lot more research actions taken may only hinder the population.
It all comes down to the little data we had about the life history of these animals. The original plan consisted of no physical action to be taken. This is because at the time it was observed that the population density of the snowshoe hare was in direct proportion to lynx. By deforesting the lynx actually migrated more away from Canada because of the boost in snowshoe hare due to the clearing.
Now they have discovered that reforestation is a key solution because young tree harvest a great snowshoe hare population with a coniferous forest of boreal forest in adequate distance to provide shelter for the lynx den.
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