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    Michigan DNR captures first live lynx near recent confirmed sighting

    -For the first time, the Michigan DNR has captured a live lynx - and it's not far from a recent confirmed sighting.

    The Howell Nature Center said Monday they are housing the lynx, which was trapped in Harbor Beach on Sunday.

    "This is not far from where a lynx was recently confirmed on video in February. The Canada Lynx is classified as a threatened species in Michigan with only rare sightings occurring in the last 40 years, primarily in the Upper Peninsula.

    According to a DNR representative, this is the first live lynx captured in the state.

    At this time, we are allowing him (or her) to settle after a stressful few days. Though caught in a leg-hold trap, no limp has been observed as yet.

    A full physical examination under anesthesia will be performed soon. It is not yet clear if the lynx is a released/escaped illegal pet or is in fact, truly wild. After physical and behavioral assessments are performed, a determination will be made if it can be released back to the wild.

    According to the DNR, this would likely take place in the Upper Peninsula as Michigan’s Thumb area is poor habitat for an animal who prefers a large territory of dense conifer or boreal forests."

    In Feburary, the DNR confirmed the first lynx sighting in the Lower Peninsula and the first in Michigan since 2003.

    Monique Touchette-Soper of Lexington, Michigan captured the animal walking through woods near her home...

    https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/...irmed-sighting

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    A friend of mine from my Charlevoix days trapped one in the UP near Detour. He was trapping coyotes and had one in his leg-hold trap. This was in the early 2000’s. He immediately called the DNR for instructions. This is the story he gave me.

    The DNR told him to wait by the road until the CO showed up. Wayne said he was surprised to see a female arrive. She asked where the lynx is and with interest he asked “where is the trank gun??”. He was not prepared for her answer, “we wont need one”. As they approached the big cat, she told him she would pet it to calm it’s fears and he would release the trap. She petted it, he released it and went away none the worse.
    Lynx are docile. Bobcats are not.

    There was a news article that Wayne gave me to read. Later on I couldnt find it. Until that point the DNR claimed there were no Canada Lynx in the Upper. Well, they were wrong, just like their wolves and cougar statements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBrand View Post
    She asked where the lynx is and with interest he asked "where is the trank gun??". He was not prepared for her answer, "we wont need one". As they approached the big cat, she told him she would pet it to calm it's fears and he would release the trap. She petted it, he released it and went away none the worse.
    Lynx are docile. Bobcats are not...
    How cool! Didn't know that!

    Kinda reminds me about possums, the more I'm learning about them the more I'm hearing about how even tho they look scary they're pretty docile too if you don't corner or threaten them.


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    I wouldnt push that “docile” part too far but they arent crazy wild like a bobcat. To see a lynx is at the top of my wildlife sighting list.

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