Colorado lynx found in Cheyenne |

Colorado lynx found in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. ” A lynx that had been released in southwest Colorado in 2004 was found hundreds of miles away in Cheyenne where it apparently had been raiding a chicken coop.

The lynx was captured by Wyoming Game and Fish Department employees on Tuesday and returned the same day to the Colorado Division of Wildlife in apparently good health.

South Cheyenne resident Lauriel Winters first suspected an unusual predator in the vicinity when two of her chickens were killed last Friday night.

“I could tell the chickens weren’t killed by a fox because there were no feathers strewn around ” just blood sprayed all over,” Winters said in a Wyoming Game and Fish news release Wednesday.

About 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, her dogs raced into the yard and chased the lynx up a tree.

State Game Warden Jon Stephens and state Wildlife Biologist Rebecca Schilowsky went to Winters’ home and captured the 40-pound cat with a 6-foot catchpole outfitted with a wire snare.

“It was just a magnificent, stately animal, and surprisingly docile considering several people were standing around admiring it,” Stephens said.

The global positioning system collar the animal was wearing identified it as a member of Colorado’s lynx reintroduction effort.

The cat is now at a Colorado Division of Wildlife facility where it will recuperate before being released again.

Tanya Shenk, a lynx specialist with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said the animal was captured in British Columbia and released in southwest Colorado west of Creede in 2004.

Its last location was reported near Steamboat Springs in northern Colorado.

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