Saving The Lynx


Why is this topic important?

What is being done to help?

What still needs to be done?

How can students help?

What resources are available for people who want to help?

Bibliography


Why is this topic important?

    This topic is important because the lynx is an endangered species and needs to be saved.  There are only about 300 remaining in the world.  If we don't try to save them now, they may never be around tomorrow.  People are the main reason why most animals become extinct. Humans either threaten the animals directly or endanger the animals by destroying their habitats.

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What is being done to help?

    Many things are currently being done to keep the lynx alive.  First, many areas are stopping development and deforestation, so the lynxes are not scared out of their homes and habitats.  Also, some places are slowing down hunting, so the lynx population can rise. For example, in some places, people are fining hunters if they are hunting for lynx. 

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What still needs to be done?

    There are many things that still need to be done to protect the lynx.  First, many groups are starting to protect the lynx. For example, the ESA and DOW are environmental groups that are starting to protect the lynx.  Also, over-hunting still needs to stop and so do practices such as trapping and setting poisons.  For example, game hunters set traps for bears, and poisons are set for foxes.  Even though the killing is not intentional sometimes, it still needs to stop. 

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How can students help?

  

      Students can do a few things to help with endangered lynxes.  First, students could continue to--or start--recycling at home or at school. Recycling helps with endangered lynxes because one of the reasons that the lynx is endangered is because of deforestation. If students recycle, not as much of the lynx's habitat will be cut down. Also, students could participate in fundraisers and donate money to a wildlife fund or an environmental group to help with the cause.

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What resources are available for people who want to help?

    There are many resources that students could use to help achieve this goal, and there are also many ways.  First, students could create signs and post them at their cafeteria so other students will recycle, too. For example, the signs could say, "RECYCLE" or where the recyclable material goes. Also, students could ask their teacher or principal to publicize a fundraiser to donate to a wildlife fund.  Interested people could also contact local zoos, environmental agencies, and wildlife preservation societies to learn other ways that they can get involved in this worthy cause.

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Bibliography

Farb, Peter. The Land and Wildlife of North America. New York: Time-Life Books, 1966.

 

McCoy, J.J. Wild Enemies. New York: Hawthorn Books Inc., 1974.

 

Thomas, Peggy. Big Cat Conservation. Brookfield: Twenty-First Century Books, 2000.

 

"World Lynx." <http://lynx.vio.no/jon/lynxhome.html>. January 21, 2003.

 

Massicot, Paul. "Animal Info: Iberian Lynx." 5 Nov. 2002.

<www.animalinfo.org>. Accessed 23 Jan. 2003.

 

"Lynx Ganadensis." University of Michigan. <http://animaldiversity.unmz.html>. Accessed 23 Jan. 2003.

 

"National Wildlife Federation <www.nwf.org>. Accessed 23 Jan. 2003.

 


Page created by Brian B. and Brandon O.

Mr. Thorne's English Class

Pine Grove Middle School

Baltimore County Public Schools

Baltimore, Maryland 21234

Last updated: 3/20/03

 

 

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