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Judge orders federal officials to act on lynx

By Associated Press
Published On: May 09 2014 12:39:14 PM MDT
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HELENA, Mont. -

A judge has ordered federal wildlife officials to come up with a schedule to complete a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx.
    
The snow-loving wild cats were listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2000. The agency has repeatedly missed its own deadlines to come up with a road map for recovery, drawing a lawsuit last year from environmental groups in Montana.
    
In a Thursday order, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy gave federal officials 30 days to propose a schedule for completing the recovery plan.
    
Lynx are rarely seen across a 14-state range that includes portions of the Northeast, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes and the Cascade Range of Washington and Oregon. It's unknown how many survive in the U.S.