The Canada lynx population of Colorado will increase by four Saturday. That's the day the Colorado Division of Wildlife will release four lynx from the Yukon Territory and British Columbia. The program to reestablish the lynx in Colorado was started in 1999. Since then, wildlife biologists have released 218 of the big-footed cats in Colorado, mostly north of the town of South Fork and in an area bordered by Leadville, Buena Vista and Vail.
Lynx by the numbers:
4: Number that will get their first glimpse of Colorado Saturday.
14: Number to be released in April.
50: Number of kittens born in 2005.
78: Number of lynx confirmed dead since program began.
105: Number of kittens born since 1999.
140-200: Number of lynx living in Colorado now.
218: Number of lynx released in Colorado since 1999.
The DOW has more information on its Web site: http://www.wildlife.state.co.us