By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, WY – A US Forest Service plan for a network of motorized trails in the Snowy Range may affect the threatened Canada Lynx. Laramie Range District Biologist Steve Kozlowski (Koz-LAU-ski) studied the area's wildlife extensively as the forest service drafted its proposal. He says creating the 90-mile trail system requires removing about 23 acres of snowshoe hare habitat.
At the same time, Kozlowski says the trails will not adversely affect the threatened species. He says losing the snowshoe hare habitat will not harm the lynx, and the animal will not avoid the motorized area on a permanent basis.