Monday, November 06, 2006

wildlife news: Macedonia Lynx fights for survival

It's considered a national symbol, displayed on the back of Macedonia's 5-denar coin.

But the Balkan lynx, the largest of European wildcats, is a very rare sight in the southern Balkans these days.

Conservationists say only about 100 remain scattered across the region, making it Europe's most endangered wildcat, and they're mounting an urgent effort to save it. The cat roams the rugged hills of western Macedonia and is also found in parts of Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Greece.

Macedonia is home to the largest number, about 30 - not nearly enough to stave off extinction, experts fear.

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