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Lynx attack in Sioux Lookout

By Tim Davidson Jul 28, 2023 | 5:47 PM

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A person from Sioux Lookout is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a lynx.

The incident took place Thursday night around 11:30.

The OPP say a person had an encounter with a lynx in the Millar Crescent area and was injured.

Police officers says they patrolled the area, but were unable to locate the large cat.

If you encounter a lynx or cougar:

  • Never approach the animal, especially if it’s near a kill or with young.
  • Never offer it food.
  • Do not run, 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 down or try to hide, instead try to appear larger.
  • Do not take your eyes off the animal or turn your back.
  • If the animal does not flee, be more assertive by shouting, waving your arms and throwing anything available.

Eliminate sources of food

  • Do not put meat, fish or other attractive foods in your composter.
  • Frequently wash garbage cans, recycling containers and their lids with a strong-smelling disinfectant.
  • Do not leave garbage cans outside overnight.
  • Secure garbage lids, clean up spilled garbage and do not leave garbage around a campsite or cottage.
  • Empty the grease trap from barbecues.
  • Feed pets indoors.

How to avoid conflicts

  • Consider motion-sensing lights to light all walkways around your home.
  • Watch for signs of animal activity such as tracks, claw marks and droppings.
  • Make noise as you travel through the woods – talk, sing, carry a radio.
  • Travel in groups.
  • If hiking alone, tell someone where you plan to go and what time you expect to return.
  • Keep dogs leashed so they do not provoke attacks by wild animals.

For more information on lynx encounters please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/preventing-and-managing-conflicts-lynx-bobcats-and-cougars

Should you see a lynx in a residential area and you believe there is a risk to the public, you are urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or by dialing 911 if it is an emergency situation.


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