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Title: Ecology and conservation of lynx in the United States [Preface]

Author: Ruggiero, Leonard F.;

Date: 2000

Source: In: Ruggiero, Leonard F.; Aubry, Keith B.; Buskirk, Steven W.; Koehler, Gary M.; Krebs, Charles J.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Squires, John R. Ecology and conservation of lynx in the United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-30WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 1-4.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: When we began the task of elucidating the scientific basis for lynx conservation in June 1998, I had little idea how constrained our time would be. The request to do this job came from a consortium of federal land management agencies in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s "proposed rule" to list the Canada lynx as a threatened or endangered species throughout its range in the contiguous United States. I underestimated the extent to which legal mandates and the expectations of information-hungry biologists and decision-makers would push us. By late February 1999 we had provided nearly 800 pages of "working drafts" to agency personnel who were responsible for various products associated with the potential listing. But the situation grew even more urgent later in the spring when the USFWS decided to delay its final listing decision by six months, from July 1999 to January 2000, so they could consider the entirety of our final product. Although unknown to me at the time, this decision necessitated that our work be made available for public comment in final form far sooner than we had planned. We were told that if we failed to meet this timeline, legal constraints would ensure that agency officials and the general public would not be able to use our findings in decision-making and public involvement attendant to the listing process. Moreover, we were told that in order for all this to happen, our work would have to be disseminated via the Internet! To say the least, it was disconcerting that our "rush job" would be available all over the globe, and that the prospects for publishing our work in book form might be compromised. But as scientists interested in the application of our work, we had little choice.

Keywords: lynx, snowshoe hares, ecology, habitat, northern lynx, southern lynx, lynx management

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Ruggiero, Leonard F. 2000. Ecology and conservation of lynx in the United States [Preface]. In: Ruggiero, Leonard F.; Aubry, Keith B.; Buskirk, Steven W.; Koehler, Gary M.; Krebs, Charles J.; McKelvey, Kevin S.; Squires, John R. Ecology and conservation of lynx in the United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-30WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 1-4.

 


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