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Canada lynx have been spotted in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom over the last 10 years after centuries with few confirmed sightings.
BRUNSWICK — Sightings of Canada lynx are on the rise in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Fish and Wildlife Department plans to do surveys to determine the extent and distribution of the animals in the state.
Between the late 1700s and the early 2000s, there were just four confirmed sightings of the carnivorous feline species in Vermont, but sightings have increased every year since 2003, the department said Tuesday.
Lynx, which are listed as threatened under the federal endangered species act and endangered in Vermont, are rarely seen because they are nocturnal and secretive.
The most confirmed sightings have been on publicly owned lands in the Nulhegan Basin at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Essex County, according to Chris Bernier, a state biologist.
“These large, unbroken tracts of mixed-conifer forest are perfect for this species and their primary prey, the snowshoe hare,” he said. “We were all very excited when lynx sightings started popping up again in Vermont.”
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