EFFORTS are being stepped up to capture the escaped lynx in Ceredigion.

A range of measures have been considered in relation to the capture of the big cat called Lillith, which escaped from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom two week ago.

To date, the emphasis has been on trying to trap the animal using cages. Following discussions with colleagues from Dyfed-Powys Police, a joint decision has been taken to continue to focus attention on the capture of the animal by means of baited traps.

To ensure that efforts have maximum effect, Ceredigion County Council has brought in an experienced vet to assess the arrangements being followed by the Borth Wild Animal Kingdom.

The council will take advice from the vet if the methods are sufficient and will also provide guidance on any additional arrangements that may be necessary. At the same time, an evaluation will be made of the existing arrangements for hosting big cats at the premises.

There will be a full inspection of the premises later this month which will involve an approved veterinary surgeon.

A post-mortem examination has been conducted on one of the sheep that has been found dead on land near to the Wild Animal Kingdom premises. The report confirmed that there was evidence of traumatic injury to the neck and predation of the back legs but by what was not established.

Farmers, smallholders and walkers in the vicinity are reminded to take particular care while the lynx remains free.

If you encounter the animal, do not approach her but call the police on 101 and report the sighting.