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Lynx were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 2000, when they were listed as threatened throughout their range in the contiguous U.S. (2005 file / News Tribune)

Feds unveil final lynx habitat plan

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The federal government today will publish its final plan on what areas of the northern U.S. are declared "critical habitat'' for the threatened lynx forest cat.

The plan affects about 39,000 square miles nationwide, including just over 8,000 square miles in northern Minnesota across Cook, Lake, St. Louis and Koochiching counties.

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