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Lynx search: Staff and police have 'humane capture plan'

Police are continuing to assist Dartmoor Zoological Park staff in the search for a two year old male Carpathian lynx which escaped from its enclosure overnight between 6 and 7 July.

Dartmoor Zoo warn people not to approach the young lynx as he is very timid. Credit: Dartmoor Zoo

Devon and Cornwall Police used its two drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras overnight to assist with the search until low fog covered the area at around 3am on 8 July.

WHAT IS A LYNX? The lynx is a wild cat approximately the size of a Labrador. The animal should not be approached as it could be dangerous if alarmed or cornered.

WHERE COULD HE BE? The lynx is believed to be on farm land outside the boundary of the park following a sighting by a member of park staff.

Staff have searched the zoo and are continuing to do so and will soon be conducting a wider search of the area. Credit: Dartmoor Zoo

Park staff set 25 humane traps baited with meat in the area, and if these have not captured the lynx the intention today is to make a human cordon of staff and police officers and move the lynx back towards the park.

A vet is also at the scene with a tranquiliser dart gun if required.

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