Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Lynx fur "hoax" story shows the power of right-wing media

Contrary to most news reports, the biologists did not "plant" fur in national forests, and they were not trying to--nor could they have--use the Endangered Species Act to "shut down" the forests for human use. The actual story, according to a U.S. Forest Service investigation, is that biologists for the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and the state of Washington--studying where (not whether) lynx live in the state's national forests--sent unauthorized "control samples" of hair obtained from captive lynx and a stuffed bobcat to a DNA lab in 1999 and 2000.

See Lynx fur "hoax" story shows the power of right-wing media.

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