Posted at: 12/31/2012 1:16 PM
Updated at: 12/31/2012 1:17 PM
Federal authorities are offering a $500 reward for information on the killing of a Canada lynx near Ely in early 2012.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the lynx was found dead on March 15 in the ice near the public boat ramp on Anderson Lake. An examination found the federally-protected cat had been caught in a leg hold trap.
Anyone with information on this case or other lynx killings is asked to call Special Agent Ron Kramer at 218-720-5357. The reward will be issued for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing the lynx.
Canada lynx are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and killing wild lynx is prohibited by the federal law. The maximum penalty for the unlawful take of a Canada lynx is six months imprisonment and/or a $25,000 fine.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said Canada lynx have short, solid black-tipped tails, long-legs and large feet. They are similar in appearance to bobcats, and weigh about 20 to 30 pounds. Lynx are solitary animals that often avoid people. More information is available at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/lynx/index.html.
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service