Delay in lynx recovery plan spurs federal lawsuitMarch 14, 2013 @ 1:28 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife advocates have asked a federal court to force the government to come up with a recovery plan for Canada lynx 13 years after the snow-loving wild cats were declared a threatened species.
A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the long delay by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violates federal law.
Four environmental groups want the U.S. District Court in Montana to set a date for the agency to adopt a "road map" that would detail what's needed for lynx to recover.
A Fish and Wildlife spokesman declined comment on the lawsuit.
It's unknown how many lynx survive in the U.S. They are rarely seen across a 14-state range that includes portions of the Northeast, the Rocky Mountains, the western Great Lakes and the Cascade Range of Washington and Oregon.
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