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Our lynx like you've never seen 'her' before (4 photos)

Thursday, March 20, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

SooToday.com has received the following message and pictures from loyal reader Ron Gallagher about our local lynx.

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I have been out looking faithfully for our friendly neighborhood Lynx and, with help from nearby home owners, found "her".

She was relaxing in the sun hunting squirrels.  

I laid in the snow not 10 feet from her for close to an hour, and she didn't care I was there.

I thought It couldn't get any better... I could even hear her purr as she started to groom herself.  

I have since named her Paws because of the size of her feet.  

I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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Alvee 3/20/2014 11:15:42 AM Report

Beautiful Animal
AndyCap 3/20/2014 11:19:36 AM Report

I like the pics but dont recommend anyone lying down 10 feet away from a wild killing machine. Getting your face mauled by those paws dont seem worth a few pretty pics to me.
firefly 3/20/2014 11:20:03 AM Report

Beautiful, Beautiful animal, wow would have like to see one, thanks for the pic
Rob19 3/20/2014 11:23:52 AM Report

Lynx, bears, cougars.....are these all not "wild" animals? Why would anyone want them inside the city limits where people and specifically children reside? Yeah, the activists will tell you that we are encroaching on their territory but really - is there anyone that lives in a house or apartment building that naïve to believe that they live in the only residence in the city that was not part of a swamp or bush land at one time? Humans have claimed land for centuries - so let's not get on the high horses now! It will be very interesting to hear the activists comments when a young child is killed by one of these "cute" animals...somehow it will be the child's fault.....
guyguy 3/20/2014 11:24:51 AM Report

I am jealous ,good for you ,you got that close.Thank you for sharing.
Tag33&1/3rd 3/20/2014 11:28:07 AM Report

Nice! Thanks for the great pics!
If you want even closer pics might I suggest wearing a "Bacon-Necklace"?
LOL just kidding...very nice pics!
FrankG 3/20/2014 11:29:00 AM Report

" Killing Machine " , maybe , if you are a rabbit !
karebear 3/20/2014 11:29:41 AM Report

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful cat. Thank you for sharing
makemyday 3/20/2014 11:29:59 AM Report

What a beautiful cat!!!!!

Leave her alone and enjoy her beauty.

Very nice pics.
FrankG 3/20/2014 11:30:01 AM Report

Pics are awesome , BTW , thanks !
Mr and Mrs Who 3/20/2014 11:32:57 AM Report

hi would just like to know where the pictures were taken
Koss 3/20/2014 11:35:21 AM Report

What a gorgeous animal and evidently a skilled hunter too. Yes it is a wild animal, but realistically it's only going to hunt smaller animals. It's been a long winter and it's obviously moving closer to known food sources to survive until Spring. This is all need to be aware of our environment a bit more anyway. I'm not an activist or anti-hunting be any means, but would be a shame if this animal had to be put down.
Bad Dawg 3/20/2014 11:39:18 AM Report

rob19.... they have just as much of a right to be here as you do. Teach your kids to stay away from them and respect their space.

We do live in a place where we are lucky to have them. No animal should ever be banned from anywhere.

I am not a green winger but do believe there is room for all creatures.... right next to my potatoes and gravy!!
iamtc 3/20/2014 11:40:01 AM Report

That would make a nice rug or coat
Just Curious 3/20/2014 11:43:22 AM Report

According to the news they have put down 4 in Timmins as they are walking the streets with no fear of humans at all.. Sooner or later we are gonna have to do the same to this one also..If you can get 10 ft from it,it no longer fears you and will soon start after cats and dogs..Don't trust it, pretty as it is...:)
missmya 3/20/2014 11:44:59 AM Report

Yes, iamtc, and you make a nice idiot.
TotallyConfused 3/20/2014 11:50:03 AM Report

Blame PUC!
MarcHandthefunkybunch 3/20/2014 11:59:17 AM Report

I don't understand the obsession with this lynx? It's a harmless, small cat that can do no damage or harm.
iamtc 3/20/2014 12:02:12 PM Report

Miss my opinion your the idot u clown
Sisko 3/20/2014 12:03:00 PM Report

I feel for people who have small children and pets....even though fenced in a yard or tied up these cats can jump. Note the long, large hind legs that are instrumental in jumping and leaping to catch their prey. They have run out of food in their own territories so these cats are now hunting for food beyond those boundaries. Yes, they are beautiful animals, but not so beautiful when someone gets seriously hurt. Something needs to be done about this as has been done in other northern communities.
old-cat33 3/20/2014 12:03:08 PM Report

All Cats make nice pictures...LOL.
But still don't get too close they are wild animals and unpredictable.
bemo13 3/20/2014 12:03:36 PM Report

beautiful! i'm disappointed with all of the negative comments these articles are constantly receiving. it's possible she could be dangerous, but she hasn't been yet, so leave her alone. it's not hard to talk to your children about them and what to do if they ever encounter one. and if you're worried about your children and pets, KEEP AN EYE ON THEM. however, i do see people walking alone with their little dogs through the bush behind the new nursing home, and they're not on the path of the hub trail either. not a smart move. sadly it'll probably be one of these people's faults that the poor thing has to get put down.
Prrrrrrr 3/20/2014 12:14:58 PM Report

A beautiful animal...thanks for the pictures!
bigG47 3/20/2014 12:20:16 PM Report

iamtc,

I bet you would make a fine idiot! Your sense of humour is a bit sick!
Stan12 3/20/2014 12:27:14 PM Report

Amazing photos. Normally a lynx keeps away from humans and prefers very remote areas so this is a very rare occurrence indeed. The best we can do is ignore it and hopefully it will retreat back to the wilderness where it can be safe.
iamtc 3/20/2014 12:31:24 PM Report

This animal should be put down
steelworker 3/20/2014 12:43:35 PM Report

iamtc should be put down.
jerjer 3/20/2014 12:44:29 PM Report

Very amazing pictures, she is so beautiful, and people need to just stay away from her and tell your kids to aswell use common sense here!!!
Tag33&1/3rd 3/20/2014 12:46:56 PM Report

lol I would hope "iamtc" is joking as that animal should NOT be 'put-down'
justsomeguy 3/20/2014 12:48:52 PM Report

Interesting how the comments on this site are often people spewing over how they love being northerners, etc.. Yet when an animal native to the north is seen around town (i.e. part of the northern identity) the same people making those comments are now saying it's a nuisance, a problem, should be killed, etc.. If these same comments were being made in Toronto, I can only imagine what some of you commenters would say and how you would judge.


iamtc 3/20/2014 12:51:09 PM Report

I am hungry for a lynx burger!
macapple 3/20/2014 12:51:28 PM Report

why not trap it and relocate it
iamtc 3/20/2014 1:01:18 PM Report

Apple lets trap you and relocate you ha ha
mema 3/20/2014 1:02:27 PM Report

This beautiful graceful creature is feeding on squirrels and rabbits. It as been publicized enough by now that parents and pet owners are aware to take measures not to bother this animal....it has to my knowledge not harmed any pets in the area. I would worry more about the "two" legged predators lurking about rather than this beautiful cat.
Tag33&1/3rd 3/20/2014 1:04:36 PM Report

Didn't they relocate a bear once from the P-Patch to Cochrane area? Then like a month later he was back in the. P-Patch? (not sure if was Cochrane) anyone hear that before?
chichimawn 3/20/2014 1:04:48 PM Report

Gorgeous photos, and iamtc, uranass!
:)
Tempest_guy 3/20/2014 1:05:36 PM Report

Not sure why there is a such a worry about children? Any children small enough to be attacked as prey should never be out alone or the parents would be to blame and bad parenting isn't a reason to kill a non-nuisance animal. I say bring them on, plenty of black squirrels to eat may clean up the road kill issue a bit. There is no rationale to the fear here, has anyone ever looked up Lynx attacks on Humans, there has NEVER been a fatal attack EVER and only minimal injuries like scratches? The only injuries have been caused by wounded, captured, or rabid animals which clearly is not the case here unless someone decides to try and kill it and injures it in doing so. I have nothing against hunting or shooting nuisance animals, there is just no justification for the hysteria here as the Lynx will always run away unless cornered, anyone who decides to try and corner it deserve's whatever response they get.
mallet 3/20/2014 1:07:57 PM Report

I am sure it won't be long before someone takes their little yapper to near it, and it becomes one more line in the news that it has been shot because it is a danger to the public.

To Mr Gallagher, please do not make the whereabouts too well known for this will be the beginning to the demise of this beautiful creature!!!
AndyCap 3/20/2014 1:16:40 PM Report

To those of you that think this is a small harmless cat. You are wrong. A lynx can easily kill a grown man.
cdnhunter 3/20/2014 1:17:36 PM Report

Good Job RG. Respect the wild life people, and it will respect you.
dupuism09 3/20/2014 1:18:58 PM Report

Nice looking animal.I don't mind them roaming around our city.They are fairly harmless towards humans. If it really bothers other people, maybe just live trap it and not kill it, let it loose a good distance outside of town.
Wild Turkey 3/20/2014 1:26:13 PM Report

Tempest Guy you beat me to it.I tried to find something about Lynx/human confrontations, and aside from being extremely rare, they are caused by a set series of events as you so
well outlined.To the scaredy-cats out there---Little kids should not be left unsupervised at any time.Bigger kids are more of a threat to wildlife.They should be reminded that all wildlife are unpredictable and best left alone.Domestic pets are responsible for far more injuries than any stray lynx.
kamen 3/20/2014 1:27:13 PM Report

Beautiful pics, she isn't a killing machine...she is like any other cat out there. She hunts for her food, but has been eating squirrels...she isn't doing any harm to us. Did you know the MNR has shot and killed 3 other lynx in Ontario because they entered the city and they were afraid of the cat hurting peoples pets....if you are worried about your pets getting hurt, don't leave them outside by themselves...it's freaking cold out, they shouldn't be out that long anyways...
Ski-Dude 3/20/2014 1:51:18 PM Report

Very nice! Thank you for sharing!
ROLAND_ROLLY 3/20/2014 2:05:08 PM Report

Sad to say, but this not going to end well. It will only be a matter of time before this animal will have to be put down.

Those of you that think it is so nice now, will end up demanding something be done to get rid of it.

karebear13 3/20/2014 2:19:30 PM Report

Having this beautiful lynx around is no different than the many foxes that I see roaming the city. RESPECT the animals. Other humans pose more of a threat to our children and pets!
sidekick 3/20/2014 2:24:46 PM Report

I'am the person who took these photo's and thanks for the compliments. I wont say where these were taken as I wouldn't want anyone to go looking for it. I have been an avid Bowhunter pretty much all my life and have been in close vicinity to wild animals a lot. After hanging up my Bow I have been doing wildlife photography for awhile and you get to know how to read the animals behavior and at no point did she gave me a warning to back away. I had watched many small dogs pass withing 20 feet of her and she didn't want anything to do with them but a black squirrel 40-50 feet she took of after it. We live in the north expect animals to wander in. We know she's there so live accordingly and don't give her a reason to come close. If you would like to see more pictures of her visit here.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rongallagher/
Tag33&1/3rd 3/20/2014 2:50:38 PM Report

@sidekick

Nice! Ya don't reveal where at all.
Thanks Again
Beej 3/20/2014 2:56:02 PM Report

Most seem to think there is only one of these around the Soo, not so!
jessiecat 3/20/2014 2:57:29 PM Report

great pictures and story , to the poster , someone should get help to relocate this cat rather then a possible faitfull outcome .
Tag33&1/3rd 3/20/2014 3:09:17 PM Report

@sidekick

Wow! Just checked your other pic. link!
Great Shots!! Pretty big girl eh?
Also your other pics are quite nice.
Nature Beautiful!
lambkins 3/20/2014 3:28:41 PM Report

Thanks for the link, beautiful pics.
NJL 3/20/2014 3:35:49 PM Report

Thank you for sharing pictures of this beautiful animal!

"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears one destroys." - Chief Dan George

onsecondthought 3/20/2014 3:40:58 PM Report

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks to Ron Gallagher for these wonderful images. You're very talented.
bounder 3/20/2014 3:44:39 PM Report

Timmins shoot them to kill, maybe we should send them Pics.
bounder 3/20/2014 3:44:53 PM Report

Timmins shoot them to kill, maybe we should send them Pics.
SimsDrum 3/20/2014 3:58:56 PM Report

surprised they are so nervous in Timmins, they have already shot three i believe. All because a Lynx attacked a ridiculous little pooch. People are the worst!
Batchgirl 3/20/2014 4:09:58 PM Report

Awesome pics, Ron - thanks for posting them :)
shhh 3/20/2014 4:14:48 PM Report

If I come across a Lynx, I will terminate it before it harms/kills a child.
Riverpilot 3/20/2014 4:23:39 PM Report

I think Rob19 and IAMTC should go live in Toronto where the landscape is sterile of all wild creatures! This is the mid-north....get used to it!
Pakadeva 3/20/2014 4:25:46 PM Report

Very beautiful pictures, however, the animal is dangerous, it's within city limits because it's hungry. You tell a kid to stay away from something, what is the FIRST thing they're gonna do? Start looking & watching to SEE it & see how close they can get. It's a shame to put it down, at the very least it should be relocated. By the time it would find it's way back, lots of food will be available for it.
r2so27 3/20/2014 4:26:06 PM Report

Beautiful animal, thank you for sharing. Ignore the comments from the idiots who have nothing better to do. They are 400 pounds and mad at the world behind their screen while your out enjoying nature. "Shh" If I ever saw you out, Id terminate you for being an idiot. Those who actually care for their pets and children should have nothing to worry about. This world is not just for humans, its for all. Keep your negative, half wit comments to yourselves so the rest of us can enjoy. Again, beautiful animal and lucky you for being able to see her in the elements (-:
justsomeguy 3/20/2014 4:26:44 PM Report

@Riverpilot - you don't seem to know much about the rest of Ontario. By the way, Toronto is only part of Southern Ontario and there's lots of wildlife down there.

@Shhh - there are many, many more people in this city that present an actual greater danger to children.
justsomeguy 3/20/2014 4:29:09 PM Report

@r2so27 - 400 pounds? A Canadian Lynx only weights about 40 pounds. There are much bigger dogs that are more dangerous to kids around town.
saldog 3/20/2014 4:36:33 PM Report

Ron, the pictures you took of her are just beautiful. You could see she was calm and enjoying the sun. I believe a lot of people are over reacting stating that she is a killer. I live in a neighbour that is attached to a large ravine. I see fox and coyote all the time running up and down my street. My small dog is fenced in our back yard and my young children are told to back away if the animal ever approaches. However, EVERY SINGLE TIME we have tried to get a look at the animals on the street they have taken off immediately. They do not want to attack, they are afraid.

You don't just put animals down in case they might attack. Education should come before decisions.
saldog 3/20/2014 4:39:49 PM Report

*** neighbourhood, sorry
Ev-lynn 3/20/2014 6:00:26 PM Report

Sorry everyone, but, this is a wild animal,beautiful to look at, maybe, but
it does not belong around humans and
domesticated animals.
Like the bears etc. should be captured and returned to the bush where it belongs.
Longlake 3/20/2014 8:02:33 PM Report

I had an encounter with a large male lynx west of Thunder Bay this winter. It was feeding on a moose carcass and would not leave even when I walked within 20 feet. I got some amazing pictures and was thankful to have the opportunity to observe such a magnificent animal up close.

No doubt this has been a tough winter and the lynx is just trying to get through by moving closer to town. It likely will not bother anyone unless cornered. Take a picture and leave it alone!
gwenevier 3/20/2014 9:35:33 PM Report

Wow, great pictures -- what a beautiful animal. Thanks for sharing
shhh 3/20/2014 9:56:16 PM Report

@r2so27 you're quite the tough guy hiding behind your computer. terminate me? please. grow up!
iamtc 3/20/2014 10:00:18 PM Report

I am hungry please let me know where the lynx location is.
shhh 3/20/2014 10:37:36 PM Report

It's all fun and games until a rabid lynx attacks a kid.
thomas 3/21/2014 6:45:46 AM Report

shhh, there hasn't been a case of rabies in this area for years.
Lynxes aren't interested in eating humans, and they would only attack if they are cornered by some idiot trying to get too close. If someone or a pet gets mauled, it is the persons or owners fault. We've had a long cold snowy winter. These lynxes are just trying to survive by eating squirrels in the city.

Leave wild animals alone people, and enjoy getting to see them when they aren't pacing in a cage in some zoo.
No more death threats please 3/21/2014 7:55:02 AM Report

Will someone please put down this majestic creature before it attacks the dog that I plan on leaving tied up outside, barking for hours on end this summer!? Sincerely yours, 342 North Street.
sidekick 3/21/2014 12:27:23 PM Report

A lynx walks into a bar. The lynx says "could you pour me......................................................a beer?"
The bartender says: "Why the big paws?"
aussiegirl 3/21/2014 1:44:41 PM Report

beautiful photos of a beautiful animal!!!! more than I can say for some of the idiots who have commented on this post...yes some of you should be terminated...at least your comments. This animal is FAR less dangerous than the riff raff druggies that run the downtown core.
Hunter101 3/21/2014 9:56:39 PM Report

The animal isn't in the city to sight-see. It's here because there's abundant food.

These people on here are the same people who defended the bear that had to be dispatched in the P-patch (believe me, the wording of that one made me laugh too).

All of these people on here whos hearts stop when an animal has to be put down, you will be sorry when come this spring our beloved lynx sinks it's teeth into a small child or your pet.

Believe me when I say it; you can watch your children all you want but attacks happen in seconds. You won't be able to react before it's too late. This thing will have anything it deems a fit meal dead within seconds.

A lynx stalks it's prey, and with stealth. You will be helpless when this thing pounces.

Please, think about what the situation is. This thing clearly isn't scared of people. That person who said lynxes are normally timid in front of humans was right about every other lynx but this one.
Hunter101 3/21/2014 9:58:21 PM Report

And I find it amazing that people on here think it's not OK to kill a lynx but when it comes to "terminating" other people they think nothing of it.

Shows a lot about the commenters on here.
shhh 3/21/2014 11:39:57 PM Report

@Hunter101 Well Said! Agree with you 100%
Moons 3/24/2014 3:20:20 PM Report

I am very grateful for the photographer's photo of the beautiful lynx, and for every other photographer before him and currently who risk themselves and take with them an understanding of nature to produce photos of nature's boundless wonderments.

What I did find particularly interesting in reading most of the comments was fear. Fear of an animal that, while carnivorous, does not extend it's diet to humans. Children are much more predated on by humans than animals, there are thousands of cases of these events. Not one I have ever heard of from a lynx though.

In BC most small animals (dogs and cats) are hunted by coyotes. Many of them are killed by them. And yet, that is the food chain. That is life. I would rather have my pet eaten by another animal than hit by a car and wasted, or poisoned. If the pet dies in the comfort of home, beautiful, but often pets are taken to vet offices to be put down, where there is tremendous anxiety.

Being killed by an animal is nature's life cycle. It is what it is. I do hope that when I die I have animals feasting on my body, it is good karma, it is the cycle of life, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thanks again for the lovely photo. It demonstrates how humans are not the only living beings on this planet. We have billions to share with in this space :)

Be happy.
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