U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo
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.”MORE IN Vermont NewsBURLINGTON — The final resting place of a little-remembered but crucial hero of the War of 1812... Full StoryFor only the second time in 15 years, fuel oil prices are much lower during the winter than they... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1900, a crew arrives at a Scottish isle lighthouse to find the previous crew has vanished; in 1944, George S. Patton relieves Bastogne; in 1890, 'Uncle Charlie' Osborne born; in 1891, Henry Miller born in New York.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Capt. James Cook discovers and names Christmas Island, Brits develop and test H-bombs there in 1957-58; 100 years ago today, Christmas truce takes hold on Western Front in France, combatants observe the holiday.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Gen. Wm. T. Sherman concludes March to the Sea, secures Savannah, Ga., offers the city as Christmas gift to Pres. Lincoln; N.Y.'s Lincoln Tunnel opens in 1937; first gorilla born in captivity, Colo, celebrates 58th birthday today.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Brent Curtis reports on the probe into a city bar fight involving police officers; Vt. Yankee has its last media day event before final shutdown next week; Depot Park hosts annual vigil to raise awareness of plight of homeless.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Gas Systems puts Phase 2 on hold as the latest estimate for Phase 1 takes a 27 percent leap upward, to a total of $157 million; U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin quits for job with private firm; police cite man in pot bust.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Christmas bombing of North Vietnam ordered by President Richard Nixon, most lethal strikes of the war; in 1989, U.S. invades Panama to depose, arrest and charge Gen. Manuel Noriega with drug trafficking, racketeering.