Injured lynx find freedom in Jura after months of veterinary care

Injured lynx find freedom in Jura after months of veterinary care
Injured lynx find freedom in Jura after months of veterinary care

Two female lynx were released in the Jura massif on Monday May 6 and 13, 2024. The animals were rescued in February and October 2023, before being treated in the wildlife care center, the Athénas center. , indicates the Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing (DREAL) in a press release Monday May 27, 2024.

Aimed by a shot

The first animal, named Evalude, had to undergo several operations and underwent a series of treatments over the past year. She was found with a gunshot wound to her leg. “It was a bit of an emotional elevator, we thought we would never be able to let go”testified the director of the center, Gilles Moyne, cited by France 3 Burgundy Franche-Comté .

Melba, the second female, was luckier, having been found in a house after losing her mother. The felines had been respectively discovered in Morbier (Jura) and Montlebon (Doubs), specifies France Bleu Besançon. According to the first information provided by the GPS collars with which they are equipped, Evalude and Melba are doing well. “The monitoring carried out to date gives complete satisfaction regarding their reintegration”thus announced Gilles Moyne.

Investigations launched

As indicated by DREAL, a judicial investigation is underway to identify the perpetrator(s) of the gunshot which injured the first female. This is also not the first time that the center has released lynx into the wild. In 2023, two lynxes regained their freedom after several months of care.

To find out more: read the France 3 Bourgogne Franche-Comté article

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