After a review the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Canada lynx may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. They're recommending that it be removed from the list due to recovery.
According to a news release, the recommendation was made after an extensive review of the best available scientific information and almost 20 years of working in partnership with state, federal, tribal, industry and other land managers on the conservation of this species.
The Western Environmental Law Center says it plans to sue the Trump administration over the delisting of the Canada lynx when the time comes. It said the change would be "extremely risky to the survival of the Canada lynx."
The Canada lynx was listed as threatened in 2000 largely due to a lack of regulatory mechanisms on federal public lands, which is where a majority of the habitat for Canada lynx was believed to be located in the lower 48 states.
The animals were reintroduced in Colorado in 1999 according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Over a 7 year period more than 200 cats captured in Canada and Alaska were released into the remote San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado.
Based on breeding surveys, monitoring results, and completion of the program's original goals, CPW declared the Lynx reintroduction a success in 2010.