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Lynx spotted in P-Patch Tuesday (photo)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

Loyal SooToday.com reader Melanie Beaulieu sent us photos of what appears to be a lynx, which she says was spotted in the P-Patch Tuesday.

This may or may not be the same lynx that was spotted in the east end of the city last week, read the earlier coverage here.

The following information is listed on the MNR website and applies to both cougars and lynx, SooToday.com is not implying that there are also cougars in the area:

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If you suspect wild cats may be in your area, the Ministry of Natural Resources recommends that you:

Limit food sources

• Put garbage in containers that have tight fitting lids. Put garbage out on the morning of pick-up, not the night before.  

• Store garbage indoors.

• If you do not have curbside pick-up, take your garbage to the dump often. 

• Frequently wash garbage cans, recycling containers and their lids with a strong-smelling disinfectant.

• Do not leave pet food outdoors.

• Do not put meat, fish or sweet food (including fruit) in your composter.

• Pick all ripe fruit from trees and bushes.

• Remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease cup underneath, after each use. 

Make your property unwelcoming

• Modify the habitat around your home. Light all walkways after dark and avoid landscaping with plants that deer prefer to eat. Where a deer goes, a lynx or cougar may follow. 

Be aware

• An encounter with a cougar would be rare.

• If you believe a cougar is threatening your personal safety or that of others, call 911 or your local police.

• If you think you see a cougar in a tree, leave it alone. Call 911 or your local police.

• If you believe you have seen a cougar but it is not a threat to public safety, please report it to your local Ministry of Natural Resources office.

If you encounter a cougar or lynx

• Never approach the animal, especially if it is near a kill or with young, and never offer it food.

• Released or captive-reared cougars may be accustomed to humans and allow you to get close. Nevertheless, animals are unpredictable, and you should always exercise caution.

• If you see a cougar or lynx, stop, pick up small children and don’t run. Remember, its instinct is to chase.

• If you’re with others, stay together and act as a group. Children and pets should be kept very close.

• Face the animal. Talk to it firmly while slowly backing away. Always leave the animal an escape route.

• Do not crouch down or try to hide. Try to appear larger. 

• Do not take your eyes off the animal or turn your back.

• If the animal does not flee, be more assertive by shouting, waving your arms, and throwing anything available.

• If the animal attacks, fight back with everything you have. Lethal action is a last resort

• Landowners may humanely kill a cougar that is damaging or about to damage their property. Firearm regulations and bylaws must be followed. 

• Landowners must report a cougar killed in protection of property to their local Ministry of Natural Resources office.

For more information on cougars or lynx, contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources office or the Natural Resources Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940.

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dust2 2/11/2014 8:34:36 PM Report

>" Landowners may humanely kill a cougar that is damaging or about to damage their property. Firearm regulations and bylaws must be followed. "

good to know, when push comes to shove you need to be able to deal with a problem properly. BUT BOO HOO WE TOOK OVER THEIR HABITAT, THEY HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO

Lions kill animals for food. It's nature. We're nature. It's no different.
Dead End Kid 2/11/2014 8:36:27 PM Report

It looks like the devil.
Working Man 2/11/2014 8:53:44 PM Report

Cool,

I have noticed 'some' cougars in in this city.. Not much though, just spotted a few ;)
Sam C 2/11/2014 8:53:48 PM Report

dust... a few points to consider...

1) when they refer to "landowners," that typically refers to farmers, and "property" typically refers to livestock.

2) we may be "nature," but we wouldn't be killing a lynx for food.

3) I'm not sure that people are "boo-hooing" over taking their habitat, as much as explaining that we shouldn't be surprised when wildlife shows up in a neighbourhood adjacent to a field or bush lot.

When I was a kid, half of the P-patch didn't exist, and my friends and I spend many a day tromping through the bush from McNabb up to about Northern Avenue. We never saw any wildlife, other than squirrels or the occasional raccoon, but that doesn't mean they weren't there.
iamtc 2/11/2014 9:14:54 PM Report

I am hungry for a lynx burger.
Working Man 2/11/2014 9:52:37 PM Report

Iamtc,

I am hungry for a cougar sandwich...

To everyone else,

I did not make the exact same message about cougars, twice for this news arcticle.. I Did it ONCE!!!! Not sure how it came about twice exactly..

I think sootoday repeated my comment on purpose, for attention... So immature...


Beej 2/11/2014 9:55:09 PM Report

Quote Sam,
"When I was a kid, half of the P-patch didn't exist, and my friends and I spend many a day tromping through the bush from McNabb up to about Northern Avenue. We never saw any wildlife, other than squirrels or the occasional raccoon, but that doesn't mean they weren't there."

Oh, they were, Sam, there was a bigfoot in those woods!
Big Deal 2/11/2014 10:36:11 PM Report

I do have livestock and I have had all kinds of wild life come through but unless they are actually there for my livestock and getting to close, and trust me you do know why they are there, I don't shoot them...even though I legally can.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/11/2014 11:06:25 PM Report

I agree with Dust2!

Sam C. --are you kidding? Landowner means farmers? Lol

--It means your owned property these days. Are you just on here to attempt to correct people? (that's irrational) lol
Tag33&1/3rd 2/11/2014 11:13:43 PM Report

Oh ya hmmm... @ Sam C. and Dawsonscreek.

People are joking on here in their comments -- wow! They should be chastised! As this is a very serious and important venue that will fix the City and possibly the world! :) tee-hee :)
kamen 2/11/2014 11:57:17 PM Report

It's a lynx....it'll most likely run if you go outside or make noise...it isn't going to hurt you...
Pakadeva 2/12/2014 1:04:18 AM Report

@dust2
I agree, we are nature as well as the animals, & to the animals, we are potential food as well if they are hungry, protect yourselves & your family & neighbours. I consider my property to be "property" that a lynx should not be on, it's presence is a threat if it's there. It's there for a reason, be wise!
Jimssm 2/12/2014 5:13:21 AM Report

Jeez people, get a grip.

A lynx is not going to attack anything except maybe your cat or small dog ... or maybe your small kids if you tied them in the back yard and smeared them with bacon grease....lol

A lynx will run for the hills if it even sees a human, so relax.

As far as property goes... the law means your animals or kids... not your land. So don't think about shooting one just because it's wandering through your back lot.... and then you need to contend with discharging a firearm within city limits.
Matti 2/12/2014 5:51:35 AM Report

Not really news.....we've had these up here in our area for years...I live off of MacDonald Avenue in the area where the ravine system runs and I have seen tracks and a lynx a few times now......NOT typically a city dwelling animal HOWEVER there are a lot of Fox, rabbits, squirrels etc...here as well so there are plenty of food sources available within city limits....maybe the lynx are here to stay??
blackspruce 2/12/2014 7:12:15 AM Report

The lynx is generally a nice site to see there is a boom in their population in the last few years that and the harsher weather conditions are the reason we are seeing more. Just think they are hunting and one thing The Sault has an abundance of is black squirrels and rats which are easy targets of the lynx. I think I would prefer to see the lynx. I grew up in a small Northern community seen many lynx in town never had any trouble with them. Enjoy seeing the lynx it is generally a rare site and they are a nice looking animal
Berty 2/12/2014 7:53:43 AM Report

Last winter I seen an animal with no tail run across McNabb, down Lindstedt, through a yard in to the McDonald park...I came down Windsor street where I live and it came out of the park and ran down Marconi street towards Lake St. It wouldn't let me close enough to get a picture with my Iphone...maybe this is what I seen...
crashed13 2/12/2014 10:16:53 AM Report

The lynx's are invading , run for your lives ,were all doomed!

Once we kill off ever wild animal on earth then we can finally walk in the woods in peace.
With only 7 billion people left on this earth we can't afford to lose anybody to wild animal attacks.
S.M.A.R.T. 2/12/2014 10:36:02 AM Report

Did no one see MCTV news about a month or so ago where a guy in Chapleau had to strangle a lynx with his bare hands to protect himself and his little dogs? Now that's unfortunate, but let me tell you that had it been a cougar, I don't think the battle would have gone nearly as well for the guy and I do believe he would agree. Moral. When it comes to doing battle with a man, a lynx ain't no cougar.
Warick24 2/12/2014 12:45:51 PM Report

uhhh NEVER throw shit at it, that's the worst thing you could ever do then it thinks your attacking it and it'll pounce on you. sincerely Sault College Fish & Wildlife
Wicked 2/12/2014 4:39:37 PM Report

People are still feeding the birds/pigeons all year round. Paint trays full. The city has been told/sent pictures. NOTHING being done.
ATTRACTS WILDLIFE.
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