Court asked to decide if federal protection follows lynx across state line |

Court asked to decide if federal protection follows lynx across state line

DENVER – A federal appeals court heard arguments Wednesday over whether a lynx that has federal protection in Colorado is still protected if it wanders across the state’s southern border into New Mexico.Federal wildlife officials consider the lynx endangered in Colorado, where more than 200 of the elusive, long-haired cats have been reintroduced since 1999. Some have had kittens.Some have drifted into New Mexico, and environmental groups argue they should be protected there as well.The groups are asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to revive their lawsuit to force the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico to include the lynx in their management plans.Forest Service officials in New Mexico say lynx are not listed as threatened or endangered in New Mexico, so they don’t have to be considered.A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit did not indicate when it might rule.

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