The Strong Island Animal Rescue League, which previously warned residents to be on the lookout for the exotic cat, said the Suffolk County Police Department captured the lynx in Islip around 3:30 a.m. Friday.
July 29 (News) — A free-roaming lynx in the Long Island area of New York was caught after three days in the wild.
Strong Island Animal Rescue League employees were called to the scene and transported the cat, believed to be an escaped exotic pet, to Smithtown’s Sweetbriar Nature Center.
“We were super happy, we’ve been following him for a while,” Frankie Floridia, president of Strong Island Animal Rescue, told the Long Island Press. “It’s just an amazing thing. It’s a happy ending.”
A homeowner from Islip was taking pictures of the lynx on Tuesday when the cat was found perched on the resident’s porch. The cat was gone when emergency services arrived at the scene.
“She’s been through quite a bit in the past week and we want everyone to know that we will not be opening her to the public,” the Sweetbriar Nature Center said in a Facebook post. “We want to make sure she’s happy, healthy and not stressed.”