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Our lynx-about-town spotted again (2 photos)

Friday, February 21, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

Our neighbourhood lynx is still wandering about town it appears.

We received the following photos and message from loyal viewer John Stephens...

Our local locomoting lynx was located on Sharon Crescent/Tadcaster Place yesterday afternoon.

He is absolutely beautiful, and not particularly camera shy.

Earlier coverage:

Lynx about town spotted again (photos added)

Lynx spotted in P-Patch Tuesday (photo)

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Dead End Kid 2/21/2014 11:31:37 PM Report

Great pictures!

Tonight I saw a fox walking along the boardwalk.
Powerwise 2/21/2014 11:54:15 PM Report

If that lynx were tame (or tranquilized) I would kiss him/her on his/her snout!
Tag33&1/3rd 2/22/2014 12:24:25 AM Report

Beautiful!
Rockin 2/22/2014 1:11:47 AM Report

Laugh at Powerwise! Look at the mitts on that wow.
Sure is something to marvel at though...sleek and to think it's right in town! The storm doesn't fret the beauty around here...
Too much! 2/22/2014 1:59:29 AM Report

Amazing!! What a beautiful creature! Those paws...wow!!
Evale 2/22/2014 2:22:57 AM Report

OMG...the pictures are great! I can't believe how big his feet are.

I feel sorry for the poor thing.. He's probably starving.

After years of us encroaching on their land and generation after generation of wild animal's being born they don't have much fear of noise and people as they once did. A few years ago I saw a moose and her calf run past me by about 10ft. across Trunk Rd. in behind Liquidation World!
HONEST1 2/22/2014 7:09:17 AM Report

That cat is going to attack someone!!! Sorry but that animal needs to be caught and done with..
bill-m 2/22/2014 7:33:45 AM Report

lets get real here people. This is a wild Cat . One who hunts it`s pray ( kills for food )! Lets not destroy it but have it traped and relocated . The MNR in this case should be doing it`s job what do we pay them for anyway. This cat Will Kill Dogs, Cats, and maybe a small child playing out side. This has gone on for two weeks way to long !!!
help me 2/22/2014 7:43:58 AM Report

it's to bad they done away with Bell View Park
bounder 2/22/2014 7:45:08 AM Report

You are all in wonder ,but this cat is here for one purpose, survival and apparently doing well, on cats and small dogs ,squirrels, birds and what ever he can find. Handouts are no good for him.
If hunting wasn't good he would move on.
Dixiepup 2/22/2014 7:51:20 AM Report

Here kitty kitty...
Wisenheimer 2/22/2014 8:08:19 AM Report

Help him .. please!
j.r.98 2/22/2014 8:15:49 AM Report

Honest1, i can understand that one might be afraid. To say " Sorry but that animal needs to be caught and done with.." had me in tears. We are a northern community and should expect this. Unlike a moose that may have just wandered in, this cat is looking for food and with so much snow it was on the move and in search. Keep an eye on our pets and children and hope our MNR can trap and move this awesome animal to a place where it can once again thrive without endangering anyone. Don't do away with it as it is a beautiful animal struggling to survive and just lost it's way ( i am being very nice today )
friendlyone24 2/22/2014 8:35:32 AM Report

Just a thought...
there must be a ton of food remnants in the garbage bins/fast food places/North highway...and would draw a scavenge to a hungry animal of any breed., and possibly keep them around.
Tag33&1/3rd 2/22/2014 8:57:37 AM Report

Its got a collar on. lol
Sera 2/22/2014 8:58:11 AM Report

@ Jr98

Honest1 is an ignoramus. If you look at past post of this "?" you will see how quick it is to shoot off its mouth. It's always quick to cut off the head. I have never seen such contradiction in one "?".
I don't post on here much but I do creep. Today I'm not so nice.
The lynx is gorgeous.but does need to be relocated. The unfortunate fact is that we humans are continuously taking from the wildlife here. We are seeing more and more critters on the streets and in backyards. I feel for them.
Viper2010® 2/22/2014 9:07:56 AM Report

@ Bill-M
I prey to god that this beautiful cat does not harm any human but if you are going to let your dogs and domesticated cat run free then you are the one taking chances with their lives. Cats and Dogs CAN be tied up on your property.
I was a little bugger as a child and I was tied to a harness connected to the clothesline to keep me at bay.
Probably have some issues with a few people if you did that to a child today though.
Entitledtomyopinion 2/22/2014 9:26:26 AM Report

This is a beautiful creature indeed. And as a human, I feel responsible for us encroaching on their land and destroying their habitat. As a constantly expanding and evolving species, we are a necessary evil to the wildlife of this area. So let's show some compassion. :)
karebear13 2/22/2014 9:34:18 AM Report

People are afraid because they are cleary uneducated about this beautiful animal.Their main food source is snowshoe hares and other small rodents.Keep your pets inside or supervised outdoors as you should be doing anyways!Please take a moment to learn and educate yourself and others.

chichimawn 2/22/2014 10:35:40 AM Report

Lets face it, the reason we are so mesmerized with this beautiful animal, is because we rarely get such opportunity to see these skittish solitary animals... I wonder why it has chosen to stay in a populated area. Is it old or ill? It needs to be relocated. People need to be very careful with all pets and children, and yourselves, when you're filming. Thanks for beautiful photos though.
B Boy 2/22/2014 11:02:50 AM Report

Funny, when similar comments were made in Southern Ontario bears showing up in their neighbourhoods the same people as the commenters on here were pretty quick to condemn them. Bear sightings for them are similar to Lynx sightings for us, except bears are generally more dangerous.



Prrrrrrr 2/22/2014 11:10:03 AM Report

It could be there is more than one Lynx it's their mating season...
Punkz 2/22/2014 11:23:03 AM Report

Steve French is his name, he's a nice kitty :)
blackspruce 2/22/2014 11:27:13 AM Report

Growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario I have on many occasions had the pleasure of seeing the lynx and other wild animals wandering about our streets. Being a guy that use to trap I will assure you people that seem hell bent on killing any wild animal that walks that the lynx is not interested in humans. The lynx is actually should be a very welcome site to this city, with the over abundance of black squirrels and rats in this community. You might not see the rats because they are a lot smaller than the lynx but there out there and they multiply a lot more than one or two poor little old lynx that are just here dealing with this hard winter. Black squirrels chew everything and some even get into houses by getting in through the soffit of your house and then what a mess they make. Just relax the spring is coming and the lynx will disappear because truth to be told I am sure he doesn't like being around us either
Sera 2/22/2014 11:40:58 AM Report

@blackspruce
Thankyou for your comment!
You are absolutely correct!
(*˘︶˘*)
friendlyone24 2/22/2014 12:38:54 PM Report

Viper:
Tied dogs and cats make for better PREY as they cannot get away. It is better to keep your pets with you or inside when you can't be.
Lucky for you, no animal or other tried to bite you when you were tied.
posterchild 2/22/2014 12:44:02 PM Report

The smartest and wisest of our fur bearing animals.Forget about catching or trapping this beautiful cat. It is way to wise. Unless it is cornered it means no harm to humans.They are actually a very passive animal.
Prrrrrrr 2/22/2014 2:12:11 PM Report

I have a seven pound dog that I have to stand next to when she's out because we have a very large owl hanging around...this is a hard winter for wildlife and people need to show some compassion for these animals.

FYI...

http://www.wildcatconservation.org/wild-cats/north-america/canada-lynx/
roxpin 2/23/2014 12:54:50 PM Report

Beautiful animal! What a treat to see.

Newsflash to all you people who think the lynx should be relocated or "dispatched". We live in the bush, there are many wild animals sharing our living space so get used to it and use your common sense. Don't leave your small dog or cat outside unattended because any number of animals that roam our area could have them for dinner - example, foxes, coyotes, bears, and even hawks or owls, may take very small cats/dogs. And as for children, if they are small enough to be eaten by any of the aforementioned animals why the #%$@! are you leaving them outside alone. If you don't want to live around wildlife move to Toronto where the only thing you'll likely see is a flock of pigeons.
ang24 2/23/2014 4:25:55 PM Report

for one quit being so ignorant "I don't mean rude I mean Ignorant", They would have to be starving for a lynx to eat a dog or cat,and they do not eat people let alone Children EVER. the only time they will be dangerous is if they have rabies. Looking at this Beautiful example of north American wild life. Either trap it and relocate it or leave it be because I do not believe it is a threat. Peoples aggressive breeds of dogs are far greater threat than a lynx would ever be. Read up on these animals charactistics before judging This animal.
Sera 2/24/2014 8:06:07 AM Report

The "only" reason why this animal needs to be relocated IS for its own protection from those humans who would have harm done to this cat or any other wildlife.
I would be in my glory to witness such a critter or any! In a perfect world....we would all live in harmony!!!
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