Canadian Lynx in Epic Journey

DENVER, April 16 (UPI) — A 9-year-old Canadian lynx has set a world record for making a 1,200 mile trek from Silverton, Colo., to Alberta, Canada, wildlife officials say.

“It was an incredible trek,” said Gabriela “Gabby” Yates, the lynx project manager at the University of Alberta in Canada. “The fact of where this started, where it ended and the children this lynx had, it is really an incredible story,” The Denver Post reported Friday.

The male cat, given the scientific identifier BC-03-M-02, was 2 years old when it was captured near Kamloops, British Columbia, in 2003. It was then released for reintroduction into the wild near Creede, Colo., by the state Division of Wildlife on April 16, 2003.

During the next four years, the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Tanya Shenk kept tabs on the collared lynx as it fathered two sets of kittens. One set of two born in 2005 and one set of four born in 2006 were born of the same female near Silverton, the Post said.

All trace of the male lynx was lost until Jan. 28 of this year when a trapper from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Bryan Anger, found BC-03-M-02 dead in his trap line. He had not not set his traps near where Yates was conducting her study of lynx.

“When he (Anger) found a radio-collared lynx in his trap line, he was absolutely horrified,” Yates recalled. “When he saw the radio collar, he immediately called me. He said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’ve got one of your cats’,” Yates said.

“I started screaming,” said Yates. “I was incredibly excited. I knew right away this was one of the lynx that had been reintroduced in Colorado. I knew this lynx had traveled further than any other lynx had been known to travel.”

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