Officials are creating a draft to declare the Canada lynx a recovered species.
Things are looking up for the Canada lynx. Despite threats from wildlife groups, officials are moving forward with a proposal to remove the Canada lynx from any special protections inside the US. Updated climate change data has reversed the dire outlook for the species. Remarkably, statistics now indicate the Canada lynx is actually thriving. This is great news, too, since the species first found itself in jeopardy when it made the list back in 2000.
"Based on what we know, we think the habitat has improved, protections around the habitat have improved, and therefore lynx populations have improved," said Jodi Bush, U.S. Fish and Wildlife field supervisor in Montana in an interview with the Coloradoan.
Data used to predict the extinction of the Canada lynx was based on estimates out to the year 2100. Thankfully, common logic has played a factor in the reversal of those decisions. As more data comes out, it's becoming increasingly hard to justify previous actions. Now, authorities are using data to predict climate change results out to the year 2050. With such a shorter window for predictions, the science is a little more sound.