Michigan man captures first lynx on Lower Peninsula since 1917

HARBOR BEACH, Mich. (NBC) - Wildlife lovers are in for a treat: A Michigan man caught a rare lynx.

The Department of Natural Resources says this is the first time someone has captured a lynx in the Lower Peninsula since 1917.

For more than 40 years, beekeeper Joe McCoy has enjoyed the serene and simple sounds outside his Harbor Beach home. He's used to sharing his space with wildlife.

So, on Friday, McCoy went to investigate after something killed a couple of his geese. And a lynx is who he found.

"On the other side of that fence there, an adult lynx picked its head up and looked right at me, and I thought, I'm not going to shoot that; I don't care if he eats the geese or not."

The wildlife team at Howell Nature Center is making sure the lynx is OK before the Detroit Zoo picks it up later this week for a physical.