Ceredigion County Council continues to work closely with its partners, including Welsh Government and Dyfed-Powys Police, to ensure that the risks to the public and wildlife in the area are minimised while the search continues for the Lynx.
A range of measures have been considered in relation to the capture of the Lynx. To date, the emphasis has been on trying to trap the animal using cages. Following discussions with colleagues from Dyfed-Powys Police, a joint decision has been taken to continue to focus attention on the capture of the animal by means of baited traps.
To ensure that efforts have maximum effect, the Council has brought in an experienced veterinary practitioner to assess the arrangements being followed by the Borth Wild Animal Kingdom. The Council will take advice from the veterinary practitioner if the methods are sufficient and will also provide guidance on any additional arrangements that may be necessary. At the same time, an evaluation will be made of the existing arrangements for hosting big cats at the premises.
The Council will be conducting a full inspection of the premises later this month which will involve an approved veterinary surgeon.
A post-mortem examination was conducted on one of the sheep that had been found dead on land in near to the Wild Animal Kingdom premises. The report confirmed that there was evidence of traumatic injury to the neck and predation of the back legs. Other more common causes of this many deaths - in quick succession - were not seen. Although the cause of death of this sheep was not established, there was evidence of trauma and predation, but by what, was again not established.
Farmers, smallholders and walkers in the vicinity of the Borth Wild Animal Kingdom are reminded to take particular care whilst the Lynx remains free.
If you encounter the animal, please do not approach her but call the Police on 101 and report the sighting.