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Lynx captured in Harbor Beach, will be taken to Detroit Zoo

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Posted at 8:28 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 10:45:42-04

(WXYZ) — A Lynx was captured in Harbor Beach on Sunday and will be transferred to the Detroit Zoo, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Dan Kennedy, endangered species coordinator for the DNR, says the Lynx was captured. south of Harbor Beach in Sanilac County on Sunday morning. He says the Lynx is doing well and will be taken to the Detroit Zoo for physical and behavioral assessment.

Lynx are solitary animals, unless it's mating season, which happens to be right now. Kennedy says there is te 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 DNR-Wildlife@michigan.gov.

A DNR representative confirmed to the Howell Nature Center that the Canada Lynx is the first live capture in the state.

Lynxes are classified as threatened species in Michigan. There have only been a few sightings of the animal in the state in the last 40 years.

After the wild cat undergoes a physical and behavioral assessment, it will be determined whether the Lynx can be released back into the wild.