Police warn public: Call 999 immediately if you spot the escaped lynx

Carpathian lynx
(Last Updated On: July 8, 2016)

Update: Humane traps set: https://wearesouthdevon.com/22950-2/
Police have warned the public to call police if they spot the escaped lynx from Dartmoor Zoo.

In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said:
“Police were informed at 10.20am this morning 7 July 2016 that a lynx had escaped it’s enclosure in Dartmoor Zoological Park. Staff and volunteers have been searching the park and the animal is now thought to have left the grounds.

“The lynx is a wild cat approximately the size of a large domestic cat and is grey/silver in colour. If members of the public sight it they should call 999 immediately quoting log 252 of 7 July 2016. The animal should not be approached as it could become dangerous if alarmed or cornered. The animal is a 2 year old male.

“Officers have visited two local schools to offer safety advice and reassurance. All children at All Saints Primary School are not in school as they are away on a field trip, Police are also working with  staff at Little Orchard Montessori School to make sure they are kept inside.

“Officers are also going house to house in the area to offer advice and are assisting with the search on the ground.

“The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter has been deployed to assist with the search of the boundaries of the zoological park,”

Carpathian lynx

An example of a Carpathian lynx

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