Lynx won't be trapped this year

    Kenai, Alaska (KINY) Lower populations made to the decision by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

    The Peninsula Clarion reported that they closed the peninsula and the region east of the Turnagain and Knik arms from lynx trapping.  The number of snowshoe hares, the main food source for the cat, determine the opening and closing of seasons.

    Hare populations have also declined since a peak recorded in 2011-2012.  A factor in the hare population is ironically wild fires.  The hares can feet on low growing shrubs, and vegetation that grows after fires.  State officials speculate the 2014 Funny River fire could help raise hare populations.

    A lynx hunting season is planned to open on the peninsula in January 2019.

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