Officials are trying to determine how many endangered Canada lynx live in Vermont.
This week wildlife officials on snowmobiles are conducting the state’s first lynx survey. They hope the new snow will help them get an idea of lynx activity in the northeastern part of the state.
They are using a search system used in Maine where the population is in the hundreds.
Chris Bernier of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says biologists hope to determine if the animals in Vermont are breeding.
WCAX-TV reports that the lynx numbers have always been small in Vermont. Since 1998, there have been eleven confirmed sightings of the cats, ten of them in northeastern part of the state.
Wildlife officials hope to conduct two more surveys this winter.