We all love a chance to see wildlife, up close and personally. But we also need to be smart about it and make sure the wildlife – and ourselves – remain safe. A business owner in Terrace Bay, however, didn’t get the message.
In a video posted by the CBC, a woman in the community located Northeast of Thunder Bay, called to a Canada Lynx as though he were a kitten.
“What’s up buddy,” the filmmaker says, as she approaches the big cat, making clucking sounds and vying for a better position for photos and videos.
While the images certainly are incredible, the situation the woman placed herself in was dangerous. We understand that no conflicts have arisen with this cat in the past – commentators on the CBC article make note of that. But if people continue to try to get close to him – and follow him into small areas around businesses – it will likely be a matter of time before conflict does occur.
In similar circumstances in the past, when a lynx became comfortable in a subdivision or urbanized area, trappers were called in. And you know what happens next.
We all want to love wildlife – but we need to respect them, too.
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