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Ecology and conservation of lynx in the United States

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
Once found throughout the Rocky Mountains and forests of the northern states, the lynx now hides in pockets of its former range while feeding mostly on small animals like snowshoe hares. A team of government and university scientists review the newest scientific knowledge of this unique cat's history, distribution, and ecology.

Lynx conservation in an ecosystem management context [Chapter 15]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
In an ecosystem management context, management for lynx must occur in the context of the needs of other species, watershed health, and a variety of products, outputs, and uses. This chapter presents a management model based on the restoration of historical patterns and processes. We argue that this model is sustainable in a formal sense, practical, and likely to provide for the needs of a variety of species, including lynx.

The scientific basis for lynx conservation: Can we get there from here? [Chapter 18]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
As we emphasized in the Preface, this book was written under very unusual circumstances. We began the book shortly after the lynx was proposed for listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Our purpose was to elucidate the scientific basis for conserving lynx for use in listing deliberations and in establishing land management policy, including a strategy for lynx conservation.

Conservation of lynx in the United States: A systematic approach to closing critical knowledge gaps [Chapter 17]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
Large-scale ecological studies and assessments are often implemented only after the focus of study generates substantial social, political, or legal pressure to take action (e.g., Thomas et al. 1990; Ruggiero et al. 1991; FEMAT 1993). In such a funding environment, the coordinated planning of research may suffer as the pressure to produce results escalates.

The scientific basis for lynx conservation: Qualified insights [Chapter 16]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
The information presented in this chapter is based on (1) extant knowledge of lynx ecology, (2) the pertinence of this knowledge to lynx conservation in the contiguous United States, (3) the ecological concepts discussed in the first section of this book, and (4) the collective interpretation and judgment of the authors.

Ecology of Canada lynx in southern boreal forests [Chapter 13]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
Canada lynx occur throughout boreal forests of North America, but ecological conditions in southern regions differ in many respects from those in Canada and Alaska. To evaluate the extent to which lynx ecology and population biology may differ between these regions, we review existing information from southern boreal forests and compare our findings to information presented in Chapter 9 on lynx in the taiga.

Space-use, diet, demographics, and topographic associations of lynx in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains: A study [Chapter 12]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
Snowshoe hares are considered the primary prey of Canada lynx throughout their range. Relative to northern populations, hares occurring in mountainous regions at southern latitudes are thought to remain at low and stable densities through time. Hence, the ecology of associated southern lynx populations is expected to resemble that of northern populations during the low phase of the hare population cycle.

Lynx home range and movements in Montana and Wyoming: Preliminary results [Chapter 11]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
Preliminary telemetry data suggest that lynx in Montana and Wyoming have large home ranges; this result supports the Koehler and Aubry (1994) contention that lynx from southern lynx populations have large spatial-use areas. Annual home ranges of males were larger than females. Straight-line, daily travel distance averaged 2 to 4 km, which is similar to northern populations.

Canada lynx habitat and topographic use patterns in north central Washington: A reanalysis [Chapter 10]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
We examined habitat selection by 22 lynx on the Okanogan National Forest in Washington, analyzing radio-telemetry data collected during two previous studies, 1981 through 1988. At a coarse scale, lynx showed little use of areas below 1,400 m or above 2,150 m. Within the zone between 1,400 and 2,150 m, lynx used areas with slopes <10% and moderate stream densities in winter.

Ecology of lynx in northern Canada and Alaska [Chapter 9]

Publications Posted on: March 26, 2016
We review the ecology of lynx in the northern part of its range, drawing heavily on the results of recent research from that region. Snowshoe hares form the bulk of prey items in essentially all studies and at all periods in the cycle, but use of alternative prey, often red squirrel, increases as hares become scarce. Caching of freshly killed prey is rare, although carrion is consumed, primarily during periods of food shortage.