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First Canada lynx in 15 years found in Idaho

Reuters

A Canada lynx is seen in an undated file handout photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Idaho wildlife officials on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Reuters reports SALMON, Idaho —"It's a very rare occurrence," Tom Keegan, regional manager with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said about the incidental capture last week of the high-elevation, forest-dwelling cat.

He said a man walking his dogs spotted the lynx on Thursday in the rugged mountains of east central Idaho in a legal trap set for bobcat and notified state wildlife officials. They released the animal unharmed.

Fewer than 100 lynx are believed to roam the mid- and high-elevation forests of Idaho, where they are classified as a "species of greatest conservation need."