Report from Nick Wirsten
A MISSING lynx which escaped from a Kirkcudbright wildlife park has been spotted in gardens in the town.
The animal escaped over a week ago and welfare officers expected they would never see her again.
But it was seen at the end of last week in Kirkcudbright.
Bosses at the Galloway Conservation Wildlife Park have put traps out in the area in an effort to capture the lynx.
Police repeated that the animal was not dangerous unless cornered. Detective sergeant Jim McColm added there was no evidence it had killed anything at all.
He said: "It appears this poor thing is staying locally. If you get a big, healthy animal he is likely to go and disappear into the wilderness, but there have been sightings round Kirkcudbright.
"The park is putting food out and trying to trap this animal because it is in the area.
"It was in somebody's shed very recently and if they had just shut the door that would have been the end of the story.
"Efforts are ongoing to try and trap the animal, but it still does not constitute a danger to the public."
Anyone who spots the lynx is asked to contact Kirkcudbright officers on 01557 330600.
Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 4 th December 2002
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