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Was the lynx incidentally trapped in January in the Lemhi determined to be a Canada lynx or a hybrid or released animal?

Answer

DNA tests on hair and scat samples confirmed this animal to be a pure lynx - not a hybrid animal. The lynx was identified as a male and new individual to the Northern Rocky Mountains lynx DNA database. The DNA samples will be further tested to determine the genotype or metapopulation structure of this individual, which indicates the source population the lynx originated from. This test is pending while lynx samples from Colorado are genotyped, so we have a complete baseline of potential genotypes to compare to.  Check back and thanks for your interest!