Possible Lynx Sightings Stir Talk in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay residents have reported possible lynx sitings in Marina Park and nearby areas. Thunder Bay residents have reported possible lynx sitings in Marina Park and nearby areas. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV file

Created: February 21, 2018 02:56 PM

The Thunder Bay Police Service says it's been fielding calls from citizens concerned about a lynx that might be roaming Marina Park and other areas of the city's north side.

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Police say they responded to one call on Algoma Steet on Tuesday, but the animal was gone by the time officers arrived. The department says it will provide a primary response for incidents that pose an immediate threat to human safety.

According to the police service, the Ministry of Natural Resources says lynx are rarely seen in the Thunder Bay area, but it's not uncommon for them to be present in the city.

The MNR says people should not approach a lynx. Those who sight a lynx should not to run away, since the anima's instinct is to chase, but should instead "face the animal and talk firmly while slowly backing away."

People can avoid attracting lynx and other wild animals by removing their food sources. Don't leave garbage cans over night, and don't put meat, fish, or sweet food out in composting containers.

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