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New proposal for lynx habitat: 43,000 square miles in 6 states

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER ” Federal wildlife managers have dramatically increased the amount of land they want to designate as critical habitat for the Canada lynx, a threatened species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it wants to designate nearly 43,000 square miles in six states.

That’s more than 20 times the 1,800 square miles in three states the agency proposed in late 2006.

The agency reconsidered its earlier rulings about the lynx and seven other species after allegations that Julie MacDonald, a deputy assistant secretary of the interior, interfered in the decisions. She has resigned.

States where land would now be designated as critical lynx habitat are Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Washington and Wyoming.