Animals on the edge: Threatened, endangered species in La Plata County

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Animals on the edge: Threatened, endangered species in La Plata County

Lynx have foothold; future unclear for wolverine, mouse
Since the beginning of a reintroduction program in 1999, the population of the Canada lynx in Colorado has grown to 150 to 200 animals. Southwest Colorado accounts for most of their habitat in the state.
The wolverine, a member of the weasel family, is a solitary mountain dweller that relies on deep mountain snow. Wolverines have not inhabited Colorado’s forests in nearly a century, but possible federal protections for the animal could be a catalyst for a reintroduction program.
An endangered species, the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse can be found in southern La Plata County. The mouse gets its name for its ability to jump 2 feet in the air.

Animals on the edge: Threatened, endangered species in La Plata County

Since the beginning of a reintroduction program in 1999, the population of the Canada lynx in Colorado has grown to 150 to 200 animals. Southwest Colorado accounts for most of their habitat in the state.
The wolverine, a member of the weasel family, is a solitary mountain dweller that relies on deep mountain snow. Wolverines have not inhabited Colorado’s forests in nearly a century, but possible federal protections for the animal could be a catalyst for a reintroduction program.
An endangered species, the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse can be found in southern La Plata County. The mouse gets its name for its ability to jump 2 feet in the air.
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