A trooper stopped to help a motorist with a flat tire on Saturday on I-86 in Chemung County. While helping the driver the trooper discovered a Lynx in a dog cage in the trunk of the vehicle.

A Canadian Lynx is now in the custody of the DEC after being discovered by New York State Police.

A trooper stopped to help a motorist with a flat tire on Saturday on I-86 in the Town of Ashland in Chemung County.

While helping the driver the trooper discovered a Lynx in a dog cage in the trunk of the vehicle.

It was discovered that the occupants of the vehicle were illegally transporting the Lynx from Illinois to Binghamton according to New York State Police.

The driver of the vehicle was charged with transporting and possessing threatened wildlife without a permit.