On Jan. 25, a rare lynx sighting that resulted in a face-off photo of two of the wild cats was captured by retired National Park Service employee Steve Chaney and then put up on social media where this stunning image went viral.
By way of details, that social media happening occurred after the shot, which was snapped in southwest Colorado, was posted on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Facebook page. Then the unique shot made its way onto Reddit where the picture also went wild with social media watchers.
Meanwhile, the initial lynx photo on Facebook received more than 13,000 likes and more than 9,000 shares. In addition, amazed fans left a whopping 1,400 comments and counting on Friday.
According to experts, this kind of wildlife had not been seen in this area of The Centennial State since 1973. So, catching one of these rare creatures on camera was beyond exciting for conservationists who feared the big cat was never going to be seen again in this part of the United States.
In fact, lynx sightings are rare all over the world. The medium-sized critters, considered as endangered species, are feared to quickly be headed for extinction. That has been especially true in Portugal and Spain where the Iberian variety of this beast has been disappearing for more than a decade.
According to experts, the same is true of the Colorado lynx, which has not been spotted in the wild since 1973. That is, until now. And so, with that, hope is restored that this furry animal with the crazy ear muffs may still be sticking around. Fingers crossed.