Police in Timmins in northwestern Ontario, have shot and killed two lynx in separate incidents this month.
Last week, police received reports of a lynx having killed a dog near a popular hiking trail at the north end of the city.
Normal behaviour in the last stages of winter- hungry
Police later shot and killed the animal. Barbara Burkhardt, a senior fish and wildlife specialist with Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), said the lynx’ behaviour could be considered normal for this time of year. “(The lynx) was in the last stages of winter (and was) hungry”, she said.
She noted that people have been putting bird feeders along the trail which has attraced birds and squirrels. This in turn attracted the lynx to a source of prey.
The MNR took down several bird feeders, and Burkhardt noted that people on the trail should keep their dogs on a leash so they don’t look like food to a hungry lynx.
In the second incident, on Monday, police killed another lynx travelling through backyards in the north end of the city.
They again called for peopleto keep dogs on a leash, and to remove birdfeeders..
Video of female Lynx and kitten at Deer Lodge, Banff Alberta. Conservation officer Alex Taylor says the female may have seen her reflection in a basement window and thought it was another animal that posed a threat to her kitten.