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REWARD OFFERED IN LYNX KILLINGS 

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers are asking for help from the public in solving the mysteries behind three missing lynx near Durango. Recently the Division of Wildlife has recovered two radio-telemetry collars that had been cut from lynx in southwest Colorado. A third collar has yet to be recovered from rugged terrain.

The first collar was dropped into a mail slot at the Silverton post office on October 25th. Officials found the second collar Oct. 27 in snow in an area known as Missionary Ridge about 20 miles northeast of Durango. The third collar is giving a “mortality signal,” and is located in steep terrain above Vallecito Reservoir.

The DOW is investigating the incidents and any help from the public is greatly appreciated. It is unknown whether or not the lynx were killed illegally, but it is a concern. Information can be offered anonymously to the DOW calling toll free to Operation Game Thief: 1-877-265-6648. A reward may be given to an informant who provides information that leads to the conviction of a person of a wildlife-related crime. The Division is also interested in obtaining information for biological and management reasons.

Eight conservation organizations in Colorado also have announced that they will provide $4,400 for information that leads to a conviction. Those organizations are Sinapu, the San Juan Citizens Alliance, Center for Native Ecosystems, Wilderness Workshop, High Country Citizens Alliance, Colorado Wild, Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project, Prairie Preservation Alliance. To make a report to one of those organizations, call: 1-303-447-8655, ext. 1#.