Rare photo of cool cat crossing highway overpass

The Canadian lynx – a large cat native to the wilds of Canada – is generally elusive, and shies away from using highway-wildlife overpasses.

But one lynx bucked the trend, and the extraordinary event was captured on camera.

Using automatic motion-sensitive cameras, researchers in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, managed to capture the majestic-looking cat mid-commute. The Canadian lynx was captured on March 28 as it crossed over the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise. Overpasses such as these are meant to prevent wildlife fatalities as the creatures safely move from one part of the park to the next, out of the way of highway traffic.

Spotting a Canadian lynx is rare, in part, because it is one of the less-populous animals in the park, and also because they prefer higher, wooded terrain. Lynx are also hyper-intelligent, meaning that they most likely know to stay away from those trying to study it.

According to the Edmonton Sun, researchers hope that these overpasses will encourage animals like the lynx and wolverines to cross passageways that were once too dangerous.
In the last 15 years, around six lynx and 11 wolverines have been spotted using the overpasses.


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