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Lynx about town spotted again (photos added)

Monday, February 17, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

More Lynx sightings were reported today in the area of Texas Avenue and Bristol Place.

Taylor Trecroce spotted the big cat on the Hub Trail behind Texas Avenue and captured some terrific pictures of the cat-about-town.

View more new photos here.

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Earlier story:

Photo submitted by loyal SooToday.com reader Melanie Beaulieu shows the lynx or bobcat spotted in the P-Patch Tuesday, February 11.

Another loyal SooToday.com reader just called in another sighting of a what she believed was a lynx.

The lynx or bobcat was seen at the end of Sutton Place not far from other lynx sightings so it would seem it may be the same big-footed cat roaming the area.

"I called the police and they said to call the MNR," said our reader who didn't want to be identified. "I tried calling the MNR but they aren't open today."

She said she had a good scare when she looked up and saw the big cat calmly watching her.

When she reacted the cat just vanished into the forested area at the end of the road.

"I think it should be noted that the cat is roaming the area so people are aware and more cautious," she said.

A Ministry of Natural Resources website says that lynx encounters are exceedingly rare due to their shy nature but they do happen.

"Bobcats and lynx may prey on pets, causing concern for residents," says the site

These big cats prefer to eat rabbits and other small animals but will go for other animals if they are readily available and the cat is hungry enough.

If you encounter a cougar, lynx or a bobcat, the ministry site says the following:

  • 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.

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Earlier SooToday.com coverage of this story
 
- Lynx spotted in P-Patch Tuesday (photo)
- Possible lynx sightings in east end
- Seen at Fort Creek (2 photos)  

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Churchill 2/17/2014 1:21:32 PM Report

I have seen a lynx myself twice over the last 3 days in the field just north of Finn Hill.
bemo13 2/17/2014 1:23:34 PM Report

i don't understand why the police and the mnr need to be notified when a wild animal is spotted. chances are, it wants nothing to do with you, so leave the poor things alone. stay away from it, and it will stay away from you. if you're concerned about your pets, keep an eye on them.
Koolaid 2/17/2014 2:00:17 PM Report

I love the Lynx . Don't mess with the Lynx !!
Tag33&1/3rd 2/17/2014 2:12:09 PM Report

Agreed all the way!
GotRotties 2/17/2014 2:31:52 PM Report

Totally agree bemo,koolaid and tag. Hopefully the usual morons don't take it upon themselves to shoot it...snow is deep they are just looking for easy pickings the chance that a bobcat would attack a human is almost nil. unless it's feeling trapped..just back away and leave it alone. When the warmer weather comes and the snow decreases it will go back into the woods until then use you brains not your kneejerk reactions.
laffrenere 2/17/2014 2:46:54 PM Report

It needs to be reported so when people send their children outside to play they can warn their children to stay away from such animal.
sooperman 2/17/2014 2:52:19 PM Report

just wanted to caution readers a red squirrel was spotted in the p-patch area. i have notice quite a few in the city these days, its my belief they are coming into town is due to the amount of NUTS!!!!
steffer 2/17/2014 2:56:30 PM Report

When wild animals are spotted by us humans, we are frightened... no need to be, as long as we leave him alone he'll continue on his journey, he has every right to be there, we are the ones who are invading his natural habitat. This poor fella is lost, maybe searching for his home, he is more frightened of us.
dust2 2/17/2014 3:03:34 PM Report

I love how there's no need for alarm because we can 100% predict the behavior of animals.

Oh wait, no we can't, which is why things like this are done.
sooperman 2/17/2014 3:04:37 PM Report

so i shouldn't call the mnr or police to report this squirrel...i'm concerned my neighbours have young children and i see it watching them from the trees and its not afraid of humans
dust2 2/17/2014 3:08:08 PM Report

A lynx can attack and kill your dog, a squirrel can't. How dumb do you have to be to compare a squirrel to a lynx?
beanie 2/17/2014 3:13:18 PM Report

How dumb do you have to be to take those posts literally, geeze!! get a sense of humour....wow!
sooperman 2/17/2014 3:17:22 PM Report

dust you just stated that you can nvr predict the behaviour of wild animals....as for this lynx i highly doubt there is need for alarm the squirrel on other hand has flashed his fangs a few times at me while robbing the bird feeder
sooperman 2/17/2014 3:20:22 PM Report

beanie, i'm glad you can read between the lines
sweetcountry 2/17/2014 3:30:02 PM Report

Sooperman , I love your humorous posts. Thanks for the laugh .
Tag33&1/3rd 2/17/2014 3:47:25 PM Report

Lol sooper!
bemo13 2/17/2014 3:57:47 PM Report

@sooperman HAHAHA thank you for making my day

and i understand there may be some concerns, but talk to your children about it. educate them. what are the police gonna do about it? arrest it? i didn't call the police when i ran into two black bears on herkimer drive... i used my head, and the bears left me alone. common sense.
sooperman 2/17/2014 4:07:07 PM Report

i feel that parents should use this opportunity to get the children away from their laptops and ovideo games and take them out to attempt to see this beautiful animal and let them experience some of the nature the soo has to offer rather than scaring them it will attack them
Vicci 2/17/2014 4:14:21 PM Report

I'm pretty sure if a "No lynx Allowed" sign is put up this will do the trick. I contacted Transport Canada about the eagle that was over my house the other day. They were very co operative. The eagle in question has been placed on the No Fly List. Problem solved. Maybe wildlife is a federal matter.
salvagebucke 2/17/2014 5:14:05 PM Report

wow call the police everytime you see a wild animal : seen a mouse in the house almost called 911
roxpin 2/17/2014 5:44:23 PM Report

The MNR or police would not do anything there to be busy with squirels,If it's not hurting anything leave the dam thing alone
cliff76 2/17/2014 5:57:24 PM Report

Shoot the lynx and let the the squirrel Eat em!
Hound Lover 2/17/2014 7:20:26 PM Report

I think we should name him Bob.

I live in the area where he has been sighted, he's pretty much been in my backyard. I keep looking for him but never seem to catch a glimpse of him.

I'm confident he's just hanging around trying to kill the squirrels that I feed. They've eaten well this winter so they should be nice and plump for him!
Elvis13 2/17/2014 8:38:00 PM Report

Lynx was spotted in the 100 block of Millcreek Drive on Saturday afternoon at 3:30p.m.
stormy shores 2/17/2014 9:12:46 PM Report

Keep calm SSM! Lynx do not bother much with humans. Many around my rural area north of the Sault. I have animals ... they don't bother. More curious then anything. Garbage though is a problem. They are hungry! Take precautions as we all do in the bush day to day.
THE RELIC 2/17/2014 10:41:09 PM Report

The MNR has a 24/7 line for people to contact. Although District offices may be closed someone is always available to speak to about issues 1-877-847-7667 (TIPS MNR)
bradwc2002 2/18/2014 12:18:39 AM Report

Crossbow doesn't make noise lol
Zap 2/18/2014 7:09:07 AM Report

I will most likely shoot it if in my back yard. Law of the jungle.
Longlake 2/18/2014 7:26:07 AM Report

I regularly see cougars out at Reggie's Place and the Esquire...Never felt the urge to call MNR or the Police lol.

Seriously, this lynx is likely having a hard winter and is very hungry. No way it would attack a human though. They will try for squirrels and birds, their natural prey. They are not a garbage seeker and are very shy around humans. They move around pretty good in the deep snow due to their large paws.

Keep your cats and small dogs indoors, and if you are fortunate enough to see this beautiful animal take a picture only! No need to bother the police or MNR. It's always nice to see wildlife, and most people will never see a lynx in their lifetime.
statusquo 2/18/2014 7:26:21 AM Report

Thank you authorities for alerting us.
These cats are dangerous! The average Lynx can grow to 300 pounds and that is the female, males can weigh up to 500 pounds!
In Ontario alone, 1500 innocent children are being maimed, mutilated and partially eaten by "Lynxesses" each and every year. This needs to stop and it needs to stop now.
If you find yourselves confronted by this animal, the only thing to do is panic. Playing dead doesn't work, running away doesn't work, these things are killing machines.
statusquo 2/18/2014 7:29:44 AM Report

You the man Zap!....so, tell me, how did the date with your sister go?
Whatever1977 2/18/2014 8:06:36 AM Report

Not sure where you got your information regarding how big these animals get. A 300lb lynx...really. Try 20-45lbs.

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/lynx/
Just Curious 2/18/2014 8:13:33 AM Report

Whatever, Stats was just poking fun, one of the things he's very good at..Look for the humor first, please...LOL
mudrunner 2/18/2014 8:42:57 AM Report

Sooperman your awesome lol almost spit my coffee out reading your posts.
GotRotties 2/18/2014 8:46:07 AM Report

someone must have read their "facts" out of Ripleys "believe it or not"
Prrrrrrr 2/18/2014 8:52:27 AM Report

Beautiful animal...
Adsberger 2/18/2014 9:27:01 AM Report

Would love to get some pictures of the Lynx, living somewhat close to that area of town, i'm hoping it comes around and i can get a glimpse at it!
justsomeguy 2/18/2014 9:29:35 AM Report

@Adsberger - same here.

One of the benefits of living in the north is the diverse wildlife.
Living in Southern Ontario I saw deer, bear, owl, fox, coyotes... But nothing like lynx.
avocet 2/18/2014 10:07:48 AM Report

How big is this animal? 40 lbs?
Sam C 2/18/2014 10:18:43 AM Report

Indeed, the chance of a lynx attacking an adult human is low, but a wild animal IS unpredictable.

Children could be at risk, especially if they try to approach it to pet the big kitty, or if they turn and run -- which the cat could interpret as their being "prey."

And, while I believe a pet belongs indoors, some people do let their cats (and sometimes even dogs) roam freely, and they could be at risk.

As GotRotties said, the snow is deep and the lynx is looking for easy pickings -- mice, squirrels, rabbits.But, a cat or small dog could look like dinner, or could harass the lynx and corner it, causing it to defend itself.

Hopefully, as other have said, people will just admire the beauty of this creature if they spot it, and let it go about its business.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 10:39:26 AM Report

@Koolaid
Do you love the 'Drake? Or Hate the 'Drake?
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 10:41:49 AM Report

Beautiful! Would love to feed it! But...
Bad Dawg 2/18/2014 10:58:25 AM Report

it has every right to be here.... as much as you do!!

you bozo's shoot that lynx with a crossbow, you are dumber than you appear, you may hit it but chances are your too stupid to make the kill shot. You'll end up wounding it, you'll get caught then you go to jail..... leave it alone!!
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 11:24:57 AM Report

Nobody better shoot it!
IB-fine 2/18/2014 11:44:24 AM Report

Could you shoo him over to the Queen St. E. area?
We have so many black squirrels who are big and fat, but never see a grey or red squirrel anymore as the black ones have taken over.
Better than seeing the squirrels as roadkill. The Lynx can have them for lunch!
rezdood79 2/18/2014 1:07:18 PM Report

Shoot dem links nd make coats nd hats outta there fur
Evale 2/18/2014 1:16:38 PM Report

To MNR:
Do you think it might be time to plan to trap and relocate this big cat?? OR are you going to wait til something bad happens and then too bad...I guess the police will have no choice but to shoot it??????????

Lets watch and see how well this is handled and that this wild animal is UNHARMED in the end!
highway1 2/18/2014 1:38:13 PM Report

You can tell by looking at it that it's starving. Otherwise it would not be so bold.
Bad Dawg 2/18/2014 1:53:12 PM Report

Evale.... maybe you should relocate..... oh yeah I forgot wild animals are everywhere... relocate it so a bigger one from farther away takes his/her territory... maybe she has young, but lets throw her in a cage and move her to make you happy..... leave well enough alone.
Slim Shady 2/18/2014 3:05:29 PM Report

@statusquo

300lbs Lynx? I think you may be reading about the bigger cats like Mountain Lions and Cougars however they seldom top 200-220lbs! Boy oh boy please do your research before you comment!

Lynx are not vicious animals and generally avoid human contact. They are curious, but usually observe from a safe distance.

All you people sound like a bunch of Toronto yuppies afraid of your own shadow. We are surrounded by wildlife – WE LIVE IN THE NORTH. No need to call the Military to gun down half the bush. Use common sense… Don’t leave your garbage out and don’t leave your pets unattended during winter months. Lynx are hunters and when the snow is deep, they look for easy food such as your plump overfed lap dog that can’t run his GMO hormone laden ass across the yard.

@rezdood79

Please, I understand nobody is perfect in their spelling and grammar but you make no attempt.

I am sure by you handle ID you endorse poaching wildlife that requires a trapper’s licence to hunt. Lynx are classified as furbearing mammals and are protected under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Only licensed trappers may harvest lynx under a strict quota system.


Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 4:13:36 PM Report

@evale

Ya trap and release right?

We will probably end up reading the City Police "Dispatched" it.
(hopefully not)
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 4:14:47 PM Report

LOL SlimShady!
rezdood79 2/18/2014 4:39:09 PM Report

Now now slim shady aint nobuddy respeckt wildlife as much as me but we need to b warm to. Just becuz i aint got a hi edukation like u dos not meen u haff to make fun of my speellin
Bad Dawg 2/18/2014 4:56:50 PM Report

^^^^^^^

hooct aun fawnikz wurkt fer hym
brett 2/18/2014 6:09:29 PM Report

He looks awesome. I know worst case scenario could happen, I hope he isn't killed. He has a right to live, he is beautiful, if needed please hit him with a sleep dart, and move him. Our world destroys enough animals as it is. He is unique and very special.

Out in Victoria when I lived there, they basically executed, cordoned off, and killed any wild cats that came near the populace. I am so glad that there is tolerance, and the willingness to help here.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 7:18:14 PM Report

@rezdood

Just so ya know -- I wasn't 'lol'ing at ur spelling. Was the other thing Slimshady said.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/18/2014 7:20:03 PM Report

I am laughing at what BadDawg did tho. LOL
rezdood79 2/18/2014 7:35:59 PM Report

LOL u guyz!!!
Bad Dawg 2/18/2014 11:51:44 PM Report

lol.... I couldn't resist
Evale 2/19/2014 8:36:41 PM Report

To BD...I would be happy to bring it food every day...I am an animal lover. Relocation would not be good as yes it could have babies somewhere...
My big concern is that nobody harms this cat.
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