Threats to Lynx
Lynx were valued so highly by trappers for their thick, soft fur that they were nearly eliminated in the lower 48 United States. Lynx can no longer be legally trapped in the lower 48 since it was listed as “threatened” in 2000, however, they have not fully recovered from over-trapping and habitat loss and remain at serious risk.
Logging, road-building, resource extraction and winter recreation that do not provide for the needs of lynx continue to degrade and break up lynx habitat, making it harder for this species to survive. In addition, less predictable snowpack due to climate change takes away the lynx’s special advantage in winter, making it easier for less specialized competitors like coyotes and bobcats to move into and take over lynx territory.