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Enviro-Mich message from "David Zaber" <dzaber@chorus.net>
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Dear Jean,

Folks,

A modification to Anne Woiwode's recent action alert on Canada lynx:

Anne wrote:

>"Most of Michigan is in the historic range of the Canada lynx, although it
has not been documented in the state for a number of years. "

Please note:

Although this is the standard line used by resource management agencies
operating in Michigan it is inaccurate.  In the Borrowed Time Project Set
EA, for example, the 1995 version included reference to a lynx sighting in
the vicinity of the Scott's Marsh wildland complex but this reference was
deleted in subsequent documents.  This change took place as the
Defenders/Superior Wilderness Action Network et al. litigation to list the
Canada lynx on the Endangered Species Act was underway.  However, it's no
surprise that most folks would not be aware that Canada lynx have indeed
been identified in Michigan within the last five years given the current
message we have all been receiving.

According to the 3/22/99 update of the ALLPTS national lynx observation
dataset (file names: 1) ALLPTS.e00 and 2) US_BOUN.e00), there have been four
lynx located in Michigan since 1992.  Lynx records from 1993, 1996 and 1997
were all classified as "Reliable" with a note indicating that data are
considered to be "on the conservative side".  Wisconsin DNR researchers
working in the Northern Highlands American Legion SF area have also recently
confirmed lynx only a few miles south of the Michigan border.

These sightings provide a new impetus for the US Forest Service and Michigan
DNR to halt timber sales taking place in, or planned for suitable lynx
habitat until a regional recovery plan can be drafted and implemented.  So,
when those of you who want to restore and protect a population of these rare
and beautiful cats to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, please mention the fact
that lynx have indeed been reliably identified in Michigan.

Thanks,

David J. Zaber
Western Lakes Wildlife Center
dzaber@chorus.net


----- Original Message -----
From: Jean BraveHeart <jbraveheart@sprynet.com>
To: <jbraveheart@m7.sprynet.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 04, 1999 9:53 AM
Subject: Lynx comment period reopened


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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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Enviro-Mich friends:

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for their
proposal to list the contiguous US population of Canada lynx under the
Endangered Species Act.  The listing discussion was brought about by years
of
litigation by Defenders of Wildlife over this topic.  Most of Michigan is in
the historic range of the Canada lynx, although it has not been documented
in
the state for a number of years.  Below is a portion of the letter I
received
on this reopened comment period:

USF&WS is seeking "additional comments on the lynx proposal based upon new
information contained within a report, 'The scientific basis for lynx
conservation in the contiguous United States', also known as the Lynx
Science
Report.  This report is being completed by a team led by the Rocky Mountain
Research Station, U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

"The entire report is not yet complete, so only chapters that have been
finalized will be available and entered into our administrative record.
Finalized chapters from the report can be retrieved from the Internet at
http://www.fs.fed.us/rl. ...If you cannot get the report through the
Internet,
please call the Service's Montana Field Office (406) 449-5225.  Additional
information about the lynx is available at the Fish and Wildlife Service's
web
site: http://www.r6fws.gov/endspp/lynx.

"Your written comments must be postmarked or e-mailed by September 25, 1999
to
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Field Office, 100 N. Park Ave.,
Suite 320, Helena, MT 59601 or email: lynx@fws.gov...."

The letter notes that they intend to make a final decision by January 8,
2000.
The Federal Register notice on this was published August 18.

Anne Woiwode
Sierra Club



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