Finger pointed at poachers after rare lynx killed in France

Finger pointed at poachers after rare lynx killed in France



A lynx, one of Europe’s rarest mammals, has been found shot dead in eastern in a suspected by poachers, local officials said Tuesday.

The only big cat species to live in the wild in France, the carcass was found on December 31 in the Jura mountains and an autopsy showed it was shot, the local said in a statement.

The of one of the estimated 150 believed to live in France is a “serious blow for the population” coming after two lynx were also killed at the start of 2020.

The is detested by some because of the large amount of prey that it consumes.

A criminal investigation has been opened and the culprits risk up to three years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euros ($185,000) if caught.

Two-thirds of France’s population is in the Jura and the rest is concentrated in the Alps, with a sporadic population in the Vosges mountains also in the east.

This article was first published by Phys.org on 5 January 2021. Lead Image: A female is pictured at the animal park of Sainte-Croix, on June 03, 2020, in Rhodes, eastern France.


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