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Lynx suspected of being poached in Valais

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Lynx suspected of being poached in Valais

The canton of Valais has filed a criminal complaint against unknown persons for suspected poaching of a lynx. The animal was found dead in the Crans-Montana region in October. According to the autopsy report, fragments of a bullet were found in the body.

A lynx is believed to have been poached in the canton of Valais. In the picture an adult animal in a zoo. (archive image)

The Canton of Valais announced on Friday that the Department for Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife (DJFW) had filed a criminal complaint based on this report by the Institute for Animal Pathology at the University of Bern. The big cat was found in mid-October in a boulder field on the route of the Bisse Rho by a walker, who then alerted the game warden, as DJFW director Nicolas Bourquin told the Keystone-SDA news agency.

According to the canton, metal splinters were found during the autopsy, which correspond to those of a bullet and whose location and extent indicate a direct connection with the death of the animal. The lynx is a strictly protected animal species and poaching it is a crime that will be prosecuted ex officio.

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