SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. - A man from Southwest Ranches is facing charges after a sick Siberian lynx was found on his property.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that Paul Stewart was cited for possessing a wild animal without a proper permit, caging, and clean drinking water.
The lynx was taken by Florida Fish and Wildlife and transferred to a licensed facility that cares for exotic wildlife. A veterinarian told the Sun-Sentinel that the lynx's condition has improved but it may have long term health issues.
Stewart's 15-year-old son allegedly acquired the animal from a Miami wildlife dealer, in exchange for several items - including a dirt bike. The teen admitted he then tried to sell the lynx on Craigslist.com. Police issued him warnings.
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