VAIL PASS, Colo., Feb. 16 (UPI) — Colorado recreationists said they have agreed to carry Global Positioning System transmitters to help scientists determine how people mix with threatened lynx.
Biologists with the U.S. Forest Service are investigating how lynx — which are curious and vulnerable to hunters — respond to human intrusions in the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area in White River National Forest, the Denver Post reported Tuesday.
The biologists have tried, so far to no avail, to find lynx so that they, too, may be fitted with GPS transmitters.
“We’re still working on that. We need to make sure we’re in alignment with lynx conservation. We need the science to be better managers,” said Elizabeth Roberts, a Forest Service biologist.
The biologists said they intend to use their findings to inform their upcoming assessment of possible environmental adverse effects on the animals, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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