Colville Tribe Works to Relocate Lynx to Washington State from Canada
Colville Tribes Fish & Wildlife is in the process of capturing lynx in Canada to relocate the animals to the Colville Indian Reservation to establish a resilient population. Lynx are not a listed species in Canada so the tribe's team is permitted to trap them, place radar collars on them and relocate them to the reservation.
"Canada lynx is a listed species in Washington and they are found in the Kettle Crest," said Rose Piccinini, senior wildlife biologist. "We have detections lynx using the Kettle Crest, but as of now we don't have an actual population that exists in that area."
The goal of the project is to re-introduce lynx back to that area after being removed in the late '70s and early '80s. Kettle Crest was identified as a place that had the ability to support a population of lynx. Within the next five years, the goal is to relocate at least 50 Canada lynx.