Conservation officers track wild cat in Upper Sahali

By James Peters
April 15, 2016 - 10:12am Updated: April 16, 2016 - 1:28am

KAMLOOPS — Conservation officers say a lynx has moved back to his natural habitat this afternoon after paying a visit to Upper Sahali this morning.

The cat was spotted by several residents wandering through streets and yards in the Albert McGowan Park and Robson Drive areas.

Sergeant Kevin Van Damme of the BC Conservation Officer Service says it is extremely rare to see a lynx in an urban area.

"Lynx are very solitary animals. We've never had a conflict or contact between a lynx and a person. They just stand their ground and back away from people," said Van Damme.

"He probably came in last night. He was probably hunting around the marsh, maybe looking for ducks or eggs - he maybe even got a meal last night," said Van Damme. "He probably hung out, had a sleep, woke up this morning and was fairly close to where people are and that's when he [was spotted]."

Van Damme says the cat is a healthy male, and anyone who got to catch a glimpse of him this morning should consider it a treat.

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