Captured lynx released from BC Wildlife Park

The animal, which was found wandering through North Shore neighbourhoods, was treated for an infection and released at an undisclosed location

A lynx captured by conservation officers in North Kamloops in October has been treated and released from the BC Wildlife Park.

An update posted on the BC Wildlife Park's Facebook page says the lynx was treated for an infection and given antibiotics and pain medication before being released to "an undisclosed location more appropriate for his species."

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A four centimetre twig was also found, lodged in the big cat's upper eye socket, and removed.

"We greatly appreciate the support with the [B.C. Conservation Officer Service], and we wish the lynx a long, healthy life in the wild," reads the post.

Earlier, the BC Wildlife Park said the lynx likely would have succumbed to the infection had conservation officers not intervened.

The lynx was first spotted on the North Shore on Oct. 25, when residents spotted it wandering through their yards.

Initially, conservation officers were planning to allow the lynx to move along through the area, but two days later, the animal was still seen in the area and was exhibiting unusual behavior, so officers intervened.

The animal was estimated to be between two and six years of age by Wildlife Park staff.


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