Wildlife officials got concerned about an easily approachable Canadian lynx found on a farm in Sanilac County.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Michigan DNR were concerned that the animal was behaving oddly and worked with a local trapper to capture the lynx and evaluate its health.
“Canada lynx are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act,” said Dan Kennedy, endangered species coordinator with the DNR.
The female cat was treated for a foot wound, parasites and dehydration.
“We were happy to play a role in restoring her to good health so she could be returned to the wild,” said Randi Meyerson, deputy chief life sciences officer at the Detroit Zoological Society.
The cat was transported north about 400 miles in a good habitat with abundant food sources.
Canada lynx are found in boreal spruce-fir forests in the northern portions of North America, mainly in Canada and Alaska. While lynx are only rarely seen in Michigan an occasional one could move through the state.
“Lynx are more likely to be seen in the Upper Peninsula, with the most recent verified sighting on Sugar Island in 2010,” Kennedy said.