Lynx Hunting and trapping delayed in Kenai Peninsula

Canada Lynx Image Credit: Tanya Shenk, Colorado Division of Wildlife

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) has closed Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) hunting and trapping on the Kenai Peninsula until 2020. Lynx populations naturally boom and bust based on snowshoe hare population cycles, and ADFG adjusts hunting and trapping quotas each year accordingly. The peak of the last abundance cycle coincided with a record harvest during the 2011-2012 season, but officials say the ban is needed to allow the lynx to recover in the potentially lean years ahead.

Read more about the announcement at Alaska Dispatch News.