Lynx to send signals of his whereabouts

A lynx that was first spotted in the Swiss National Park in December has been released back to the wild after being caught and fitted with a GPS transmitter.

This content was published on February 25, 2008 - 16:16

The lynx – the first discovered in the park for 25 years – was trapped on Friday before being anaesthetised and fitted with the device, which will monitor the wild cat's movements.

A statement said the lynx was a young fully-grown male weighing 24 kg. Blood samples were taken to try to identify where the animal came from. It was released after one and a half hours in captivity.

The lynx is Switzerland's largest native wild cat and was reintroduced into the country in 1971. It is mainly found in the northern Alps and the Jura region.

Its small numbers still make it an endangered species in the country.

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