eDNA helps Forest Service study lynx

Using eDNA, Forest Service researchers can get a better sense of the distribution of elusive carnivores like the Canada lynx. ©USFWS

Gauging a species’ distribution from its snow tracks isn’t easy, and the results aren’t always accurate. That’s why Forest Service biologists are turning to eDNA as a way to gather data on elusive carnivores, like the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). A recent short film created in partnership with National Geographic shows the potential of this technique and the importance of collaboration between different branches of science to further conservation.

Watch the video below, and see more from National Geographic here.