BONNERS FERRY ó Lynx in northern Idaho are very uncommon and
distinguishing them from bobcats can be difficult.
Boundary County man recently learned the hard way the importance of
knowing how to tell a bobcat from a lynx when he mistakenly killed a
lynx in one of his traps. Lynx are classified as threatened and
protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
unidentified individual said he would have released the animal from
the trap had he known it was a lynx, but he could not see the
animalís paws because of snow.
He immediately reported the
incident to the local conservation officer and pleaded guilty in
state court to mistakenly trapping and harvesting a lynx. He was
fined $200 and ordered to pay $25 restitution to Idaho Fish and Game
and $160 in court costs.
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