With an increase in the number of lynx being seen in the Porcupine area, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is issuing a reminder to residents.
The recent sighting have been near Renison Avenue and Ferguson Road north of the Porcupine Mall. The Ministry says some of the encounters have involved bird feeders and small pets.
"Although lynx prefer woodland areas, they may be found in other habitats where food is available, including urban areas. The preferred prey of lynx is the snowshoe hare. Lynx will also hunt small mammals that frequent bird feeders such as squirrels. Domestic pets, such as cats and small dogs, may be seen as prey, and larger dogs may be injured if they approach a lynx. Residents should always keep their pets leashed to avoid confrontation with wild animals," reads the Ministry bulletin.
If you see a lynx in an urban area, it does not have to be reported to the Ministry or police. If the lynx poses an immediate threat to public safety, call 911.
People concerned about a persistent wild animal on their property can contact the Timmins Fur Council, which helps with live-trapping animals at the landowner's expense.
To avoid conflicts with lynx, the ministry suggests:
- Considering lights on a motion sensor for walkways around your home
- Watch for signs of activity such as tracks, claw marks and droppings
- Keep dogs leashed so they don't provoke wild animals
If you encounter a lynx:
- Never approach it, especially if it's near a kill or with its young
- Never offer it food
- Do not run as a cat's instinct is to chase
- If you're with others, stay together and act as a group
- Face the animal and talk firmly while slowly backing away
- Always leave the animal an escape route
- Do not crouch or try to hide, instead try to appear larger
- Do not take your eyes off the animal or turn your back
- If the animal doesn't flee, be more assertive by shouting, waving your arms and throwing anything available