connectVideoWILD video: Watch lynx scream at each other
A mysterious cat saw a couple of weeks ago in Michigan has finally been captured.
The big cat, which was confirmed to be a rare Canada lynx, was captured by wildlife officials on Sunday after it was seen “nibble” on a Huron County man domesticated birds, such as geese and ducks.
Joe McCoy could not believe that the lynx made its home in his back yard. And unfortunately, some of the animals paid the price.
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“The whole state of Michigan, just right in my backyard,” the startled man told WNEM this week. “This is not a habitat for these species of animals. They have been around killing things, someone’s going to shoot. Or they get hit on the road.”
Trapper Jordan Cook, who in the service of McCoy, helped for a safe end to the creature of havoc, the news station reports. He created a device that the big cat’s paw, without prejudice to the — and or the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to remove the live animal from the property.
“The whole state of Michigan, just right in my backyard.”
— Joe McCoy
Dan Kennedy, Michigan DNR endangered species coordinator, said it is unclear whether the wild cat was domesticated in a certain way.
“It seemed to be very fat,” he told the Times Herald, adding that there is still more research must be done.
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The cat is currently resting at the Howell Nature Center in Michigan, where it will be provided with around-the-clock care until it was transferred to the Detroit Zoological Society for further evaluations.
“It is not yet clear whether the lynx is a released/escaped illegal pet, or in fact, really wild. After the evaluation, a determination by the DNR will be made if it can be released back to nature,” the nature center explained in an online statement on Tuesday.
The lynx was last seen in the vicinity of Lexington in February. Monique Touchette-Soper’s son Hunter caught a six-second video of the big cat and the flag of the images on the officials.
An average lynx is growing between 2.5 to 4 metres long and has legs that measure approximately 3.7-inch wide and 4.5 cm long, Michigan State University, that the Natural Features of the Inventory states on its website, stating the creature is listed as endangered in the state.
According to the school, there are only three documented lynx sightings since 2003 — with the most recent recorded in Chippewa County in 2010.
Bobcats are often confused with lynx, but there are clear differences between the two.
“Lynx tail tip is black, and bobcats have black on top and white on the underside of the tip of the tail. Lynx have longer legs, giving them a bent appearance. Bobcat ear tufts are usually less than an inch, but lynx feathers are often longer than an inch. Lynx have large paws that act as snowshoes to hunt for prey in the deep snow,” the Michigan DNR described in a previous post online.