Study animals are anaesthetized in many of the images on this site. They regain consciousness and leave the capture site shortly after processing is finished.
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|Lynx #10 was incidentally taken by a trapper’s snare on January 13th, 2004 in Normanna Township, about 15 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota. This 23 pound male was held overnight at the Lake Superior Zoo and then released the next day. He was fitted with a Telemetry Solutions GPS radiotelemetry collar.
The collar released and fell off of L10 in July 2004, earlier than expected. After search flights in the area where he was expected to be failed to locate him, the collar was detected in expanded search flights north of Ely, Minnesota . Two of the pictures show recovery of the collar after a 2-hour walk-in.
In December 2005 what we thought was a new male (L25) was captured about 15 miles NE of L10’s known range. Curiously, the capture site was about 1 mile from where Lynx #7 was recaptured in December, 2003, and less than 500 yards from where Lynx #5 was recaptured on November 2, 2004.
We got a clue about a month later when a trapper caught L25 in a snare by mistake. Fortunately, the trapper did the right thing and called a DNR Conservation Officer. We released him from the snare and he actually spent some time less than 10 miles from Duluth, near L10’s old locations! A short time later the DNA test results came back that L25 was actually L10!
L10 is now dead, his collar and skull were recovered in July 2005 on the side of a road. We do now know the cause of death.