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Rick Brockway

November 15, 2013

If you happen to come across a lynx, the DEC wants to know


The Adirondacks cover a big area with loads of wilderness. Certainly there are areas where lynx, mountain lions and wolves could live. Of the 80 lynx that were released, you’d think that at least a couple would survive. They don’t pay taxes, so there was no reason for every one of them to leave the state. There are a few resident wolves in the north woods, so why not a lynx or two?

The lynx is classified by the Department of Environmental Conservation as a small game animal, but they are protected. If you see one, you should carefully observe it and then report it to a DEC office.

Moose have returned to New York and mountain lions have been sighted. Maybe the lynx is here as well. I guess all we need now is a wolverine or two to make things complete. Wait until one of those comes into your bird feeder.

By the way, deer season opens Saturday. Be safe out there, OK?

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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