Reintroduction of Lynx

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Reintroduction of Lynx

Post by Tom » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:56 pm

Interesting article talking about the possibility to consider bringing Lynx back to the island, to coexist with wolves. ... roduction/

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Re: Reintroduction of Lynx

Post by torpified » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:15 pm

I would love to see a lynx in the wild! One of my favorite pictures in my guide to north american mammals is of a lynx hunting in the snow.

The article says, and I've seen it said elsewhere, that the Island's original charismatic megafauna were caribou and lynx. Did the latter hunt the former? (I can't imagine it -- but I don't have a very active imagination.) Why did the caribou give up? Is there ever consideration of re-introducing them?

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Re: Reintroduction of Lynx

Post by Montana » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:54 am

I asked a ranger this summer about the caribou on Isle Royale -- it seems to me that she said human's hunted them to the point of no return.

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Re: Reintroduction of Lynx

Post by johnhens » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:46 am

I read that part of the caribou's winter forage are lichens anf they are not sufficient in numbers to support a caribou population.

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