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COEUR D'ALENE -- State biologists have put a satellite tracking collar on a female Canada lynx captured alive by two trappers in northern Idaho.

The Spokesman-Review reports the trappers called the Idaho Department of Fish and Game last week after finding the 17-pound lynx in one of their traps in the West Cabinet Mountains.

The agency is in the middle of a five-year attempt to collect information on 20 little-studied creatures in the Idaho Panhandle and northeastern Washington.

Michael Lucid is heading the study and says he was surprised to find lynx in the West Cabinets.

Canada lynx are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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