Canadian lynx found in U.K. from early 1900s

The earliest physical evidence of exotic cat in the U.K.?

Exotic Cat Prowled British Countryside a Century Ago | LiveScience.

An exotic cat that prowled the British countryside a century ago was a non-native lynx from Canada, a new study finds.

The feline’s skeleton and mounted skin have been tucked away for years in the underground storeroom of the Bristol Museum in England. Scientists analyzed the specimen and found it to be a Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis), a carnivorous animal about twice the size of a domestic cat.

This was much earlier than the supposed beginning of the big cat phenomena in the U.K. in 1976 as a result of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976. There was a 99% probability that it matches lynx, not known in the U.K. since the ninth century. This animal was reported to have been shot in Devon in the early 1900s after it killed two dogs. It was originally mounted in the museum labeled a Euroasian lynx.

VERY. INTERESTING. Where did it come from? Or does this tell us something else about species relations?

From:  Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

From: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Addition: Don’t miss this write up at Tet Zoo!!

In LA Times: British big cat theory gets bump from lynx link –

I have the original paper too… just need to find a moment to read it.

  2 comments for “Canadian lynx found in U.K. from early 1900s

  1. April 25, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    I seem to remember that a Lynx was killed by a vehicle on a road near Ludlow, Shropshire, in the 1980s. (It is, or was, in a local museum). However I see, on the link below, that it is described as a Jungle Cat. I presume it had been someone’s exotic pet.

  2. May 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    @Michael Greening: see Darren Naish (one of authors of the cited study) recent post about Felis chaus UK corpses [1]:

    “Another dead one was found in 1989 near Ludlow, Shropshire: back injuries and an underweight condition led to the suggestion that it had starved after being injured by a car (Shuker 1995a, b). British cryptozoologist Karl Shuker now owns this specimen. […] It has also been proposed that British Jungle cats may be hybridising with domestic cats, given the discovery in the Ludlow area of several animals that look like hybrids (Shuker 1993, 1995b). Jungle cats and domestic cats can and do hybridise, and their offspring are fertile.”


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