Update: The Lynx roaming communities between Central Islip and West Islip has been caught, GreaterBayShore has learned.
News 12’s Erin Colton reports the Suffolk County Police Department captured the wild cat this morning in the Central Islip area. It was transported this morning to Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown to be assessed for any injuries.
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Residents, animal rescue groups and cops are still searching for a lynx that has been seen in recent days lurking around residential neighborhhods in West Islip and Central Islip.
Strong Island Animal Rescue League said on Facebook they are working with authorities and other rescue groups to locate the big exotic cat and place it in a sanctuary.
Reports have indicated that the lynx is possibly an escaped pet.
Even Carole Baskin from Netflix’s “Tiger King” and Big Cat Rescue got in on the wildcat conversation, identifying the cat on the loose as a Siberian lynx. identifying
The last known sighting of the lynx was in Central Islip on July 27 at 3:30 a.m.
See the Facebook video taken by Bryant Luis Oliveira below.
The Strong Island Animal Rescue League urges those who see the lynx to not chase the animal, but to please call 911 or the rescue group directly at 631.403.0598.
If anyone has information about where the cat came from or its owner, authorities are asking that you reach out to the SIARL.
Continue to follow greaterlongisland.com for updates.
Top photo: The lynx on the loose seen sitting in a residential backyard in Islip. Photo is from Strong Island Animal Rescue’s Facebook page.