A lynx, one of the rarest mammals in Europe, was found shot dead in eastern France in a suspected murder by poachers, local officials said on Tuesday.
The only species of big cats to live in the wild in France, the lynx carcass was found on December 31 in the Jura mountains and an autopsy showed it had been slaughtered, the local protection agency said. of the environment in a press release.
The murder of one of the 150 lynxes estimated to live in France is a “blow to the population” after two lynxes were also killed in early 2020.
The lynx is hated by some hunters because of the large amount of prey it consumes. A criminal investigation has been opened and the culprits face up to three years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euros ($ 185,000) if arrested.
Two-thirds of the French lynx population is found in the Jura and the rest is concentrated in the Alps, with a sporadic population in the Vosges also to the east.
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