Lynx finds a home; abandoned cat to find kindness at Texas preserve |

Lynx finds a home; abandoned cat to find kindness at Texas preserve

Emily Aughinbaugh, Tribune staff writer

A lynx caught lurking around houses in the Kingsbury area soon may have a permanent home after more than a month of rehabilitation at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

Cheryl Millham, executive director of the nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization, said she has located an out-of-state sanctuary that will take the yearling.

Millham said one of the sanctuaries, Wildlife Animal Orphanage in Texas, is a new 50-acre facility that can immediately house the feline.

“She does have a place to go,” Millham said. “And I’d imagine in this cold she’d like to get the heck out of here.”

The lynx was taken to Millham after South Lake Tahoe police officers trapped it in a garbage can near the Forest Inn Suites on Montreal Avenue in November. The feline was emaciated and declawed, which Millham said was a sign the cat was being kept as a pet.

According to the Nevada Division of Wildlife, keeping a bobcat or lynx is legal if the owner obtains the proper permit, showing the animal came from an approved breeder. In California, it is illegal for wild animals of any kind to be kept as pets.

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