The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a demand by environmentalists to list the Canada lynx as an endangered species in the lower 48 states.
The decision means the cats with snowshoe-like paws will remain listed as threatened -- a less-protected designation. The decision was denounced by environmentalists. Mike Leahy of Defenders of Wildlife says the lynx still are in big trouble -- even though there has been some progress in the northern Rockies and Colorado.
The group had won a court-ordered review of the government's decision against giving the animal endangered species status. Leahy
says no decision had been made on whether to challenge the decision.