Lynx caught in lower peninsula was first in more than 100 years

Posted at 11:46 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 17:20:34-04

(WXYZ) — A rare lynx that was captured in Michigan's thumb region on Monday was the first confirmed lynx in Michigan's lower peninsula in more than 100 years.

Dan Kennedy, endangered species coordinator for the DNR, says the Lynx was captured south of Harbor Beach in Sanilac County in a wooded area on Sunday morning. He says the Lynx is doing well and will be taken to the Detroit Zoo for physical and behavioral assessment to determine if it can be released back into the wild.

The animal killed two geese and a duck, according to Jordan Cook, the man who caught the Lynx and turned it over to the DNR.

Lynx are solitary animals, unless it's mating season, which happens to be right now. Kennedy says there is the potential for a second animal.

The DNR is asking if folks see what they think is a Lynx to take a picture and send it to

Accoring to the DNR, the last time there was a confirmed lynx in the lower peninsula was all the way back in 1917 in Oscoda County in the northern lower peninsula. The last time a verified lynx was confirmed in the UP was in 2010.