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Skinny lynx caught in Kamloops recovering at B.C. Wildlife Park

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January 13, 2021 - 3:36 PM

The B.C. Wildlife Park is looking after another lynx, the second to have been picked up by conservation officers, after it was seen prowling around the North Shore in Kamloops.

Tracy Reynolds, animal care manager for the park, said the adult lynx was brought in by conservation officers at roughly 11 a.m. today, Jan. 13, and it’s quite thin but appears healthy.

In recent weeks, both North Shore and Westsyde residents have posted pictures on Facebook about wildcat activity in the area, and the lynx has become an unofficial mascot of a popular Westsyde Facebook group, but Reynolds couldn’t confirm whether the cat caught today is the same one linked to the sightings. 

“It’s hard to know with what the public is seeing, but it was a lynx caught on the North Shore," she said.

The lynx is female, so it’s not the same one that the B.C. Wildlife Park nursed back to health a few months ago as that one was male, she said.

“Because she’s really skinny we’ll probably hold her for a little bit and get some weight on her before she’s released,” Reynolds said.

There’s no indication of sickness, but the park is still waiting on blood test results.

The park occasionally helps lynxes, but it’s unusual for them to be found on the North Shore and for two to be at the park within a few months of each other, Reynolds said.

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“I had bobcats here. They come in quite often in the winter and quite often in towns," she said, adding the bobcats will often arrive at the wildlife park after being hit by a car or they're captured if they get into trouble.

There’s no threat to the general public, but there’s a danger of the lynx being injured in town as well as a risk to pets, she said.

“The (lynx) tend to be more elusive and tend to be found in higher elevations… so (cities) are not generally considered good lynx habitat,” Reynolds said.

The Conservation Officer Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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