Colorado lynx touted on social media died of natural causes

Seeing a lynx in the wild in Colorado, where as few as 50 of the animals reside, can be a rare treat. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife photo)

DURANGO, Colo. — Colorado wildlife managers say a lynx that was found dead just days after creating a stir on social media died of natural causes after a relatively long life of 11 years.

The rare cat had wandered across the Purgatory Ski Resort during the holidays, captivating skiers and snowboarders who posted videos online. (Click here to read Outdoor News‘ related post.)

It was found dead at the ski area north of Durango in southwestern Colorado on Jan. 8. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said Wednesday that veterinarians determined it had throat cancer, and the tumor kept it from eating.

The lynx that died had an identity chip indicating it was born in 2005 to a cat that had been reintroduced to the state.

Lynx virtually disappeared from Colorado by the 1970s, but the state began reintroducing them in 1999. They’re protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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