ALLENSPARK, Colo. - UPDATE: State wildlife officials have determined this animal was a bobcat and not a lynx. Updated story: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/wildlife-officials-lynx-photographed-near-wild-basin-lodge-is-actually-a-bobcat
PREVIOUS STORY: A rare mountain Lynx sighting was spotted this week near Rocky Mountain National Park.
The lynx was spotted and photographed by Teresa Bramlett, an office manager at the Wild Basin Lodge and Event Center in Allenspark near the Wild Basin trailhead.
Several other employees have reported seeing the lynx drinking from the St. Vrain River and visiting the porch of the event center over the past two weeks. Some have seen the lynx’s footprints in the snow nearby.
No one was able to take a picture of the lynx until Wednesday.
The lynx spotted at the event center is the first recorded sighting there since 2001.
Hunting and development almost wiped out lynx in the 1970s, and they are currently a threatened species in Colorado and the U.S., according to the venue. A lynx restoration project began in 1999, and since then, 200 cats have been released and several litters of kittens have been born.