Lynx or something close spotted in St. Catharines

by One of our readers
(St Catharines, Ontario)

My house is on the Twelve Mile Creek, in St Catharines, Ontario, and one day I was on a little walk in the back, as I usually do, when I saw a giant cat, so I looked it up, and it turns out to be a Lynx!

Wow, I wonder if any other readers have seen this animal in the St Catharines area - if you have, please let us know!

That would be very unusual for a Lynx to be in such a populated area, but who knows!

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Nov 26, 2018
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Lynx / Big Cat Queenston
by: Anonymous

I’ve seen it twice now, just as you pass under the Queenston/Lewiston bridge on the parkway, both times it was a rainy night. This time I saw it clearly. It’s head was down but it walked like a cat, it’s paws were huge, and it’s body length was that of a big cat, ears were too small for a coyote or wolf, the tail told me it was neither of those. Heading towards the gorge, on the hunt, further up the parkway was a herd of deer.

Nov 12, 2018
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Cougar sighting. I swear !!!
by: Lindsay Randall

Driving home last week about 8 pm down Beaver Dams Road in Thorold near hwy 406, I saw a cougar beside a farmhouse coming out of the ditch. I got such a good look at it. Quickly turned around and it was gone. Light tan colour. From what I’m reading it looks like the same area Steve saw one last March. Nobody believes me !!!

Nov 05, 2018
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Lynx cub off Beaverdams
by: Anonymous

Was driving home, turned off Beaverdams from 406 northbound, and there was a lynx cub in the middle of the road!

Oct 29, 2018
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Bobcat
by: Anonymous

My dog and I encountered what I believe was a Bobcat this afternoon (5pm) on the Dofasco 2000 Trail in Stoney Creek. It was following a stream and went underneath the boardwalk. It had no tail, was very agile and quiet. It was a mottled/spotty grey color. I tried to track it with my bins but I bet it was standing still staring right at me, I just couldn't find it. It was about 10 feet in front of us when it slunk out and under the boardwalk and then froze somewhere in the surrounding trees!

Jul 17, 2018
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Another Lynx sighted
by: Anonymous

We have had this giant kitten in our backyard twice now. It comes to our garden, which backs onto the 12 mile creek in St. Catharines and hangs out there (twice now spotted). Yesterday it caught a rodent and ate it there.

May 22, 2018
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Big cat
by: Anonymous

Saw tracks of some cat in Grassie, Ontario, off Mud Road. I thought it was Coyote but the toes were all round. The track was about 2 inches by 2 inches. Can anyone confirm? The track also had front paw and rear step on top of each other...brocklalonde@outlook.com

Apr 08, 2018
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Lynx in Niagara area
by: Peter Hillman

My neighbor had a sighting of a Lynx in Niagara-on-the-Lake, he's a hunter with sighting on trail camera.

Mar 24, 2018
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Cougar spotted St. Catharines
by: Steven Ellis

I was driving on the 406 at 11:19 pm March 23rd, 2018 just passed Beaverdams Road and standing on the edge of the shoulder was a Cougar. I have seen Lynx before in the south Cayuga area. I didn’t see any tuft of fur on the ears. He was tan colour, long neck, and short haired. He was NO DOG! I reported it to the Ministry (of Natural Resources) via email as soon as I got home.

Feb 26, 2018
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Bobcat in woodstock
by: David Ayre

Finally have pictures and a video of a bobcat by our house in Woodstock Ont. No idea how to post them on here though. What a gorgeous animal. Believe it's a pregnant female but didn't get that close to check.

If you go to our page, Big Cats in Ontario you should be able to scroll down to where it says "Have you spotted a big cat in Ontario" and you will be able to write what you saw, when, where and what the animal was doing, and you can also submit up to four pictures

Jan 29, 2018
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Bobcat
by: Dave

Saw a Bobcat three times now, crossing the old trestle behind our house in Woodstock, Ontario. We think it has a den in the pile of railway ties beside our house. Need to get a trail cam asap. So gorgeous.

Jun 03, 2017
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Bobcat in Brantford
by: Kulraj Singh

I just saw a Bobcat in Brantford,ntario. Couldn't be a Lynx. It walked right in front of my Semi in the parking lot of Aryzta bakery at around 2300 hrs. The hind legs were about the size of shoulders or marginally higher. It was unfazed by my presence or the noise of semi. And sent the plovers flying with their panic calls.
I didn't expect to see a Bobcat in southern Ontario let alone within a city. After reading other comments I am relieved my eyes didn't betray me.

Jan 17, 2017
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16/01/2017
by: martinkandiemae@gmail.com

I saw this rather large black (possibly exotic) cat in my neighbours driveway behind my house in NOTL, backing onto the escarpment. He had a very sleek well muscled movements and my daughter and I watched him for a good 10 mins. Oddly enough, my neighbors beside (the cat was behind) dog (lab) was barking and the cat was rather unbothered. Hell of an odd sight. Looked to be about 30lbs or so so with a very long thick tail and smallish head. Took some pics that did not turn out great, but is still obvious that this is not a domestic cat. Happy to post or email if anyone would like to see. Reported to N.F SPCA.

Dec 30, 2016
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Bobcat on Martindale Rd
by: Anonymous

Two years ago, driving to Port Dalhousie on Martindale Rd. near bridge over Richardson's Creek I saw what appeared to be a bigger-than-housecat on side of the road around 10 p.m. I assumed it to be a bobcat but can't confirm.

Dec 30, 2016
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Bobcat on Martindale Rd
by: Anonymous

Two years ago, driving to Port Dalhousie on Martindale Rd. near bridge over Richardson's Creek I saw what appeared to be a bigger-than-housecat on side of the road around 10 p.m. I assumed it to be a nobcat but can't confirm.

Dec 28, 2016
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black bobcat
by: Anonymous

certainly saw a large black cat the other day in my back field in Millgrove, Ontario - I would guess 30lbs with pointed ears - it was in an old shed at the back of the property - got scared off by my dog. Going to set up a game camera and see if I can get a picture of it if still in the area. Had my doubts until I saw these posts tonight -thanks for sharing

Aug 21, 2016
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Two Big Cat sightings in Ontario
by: Anonymous

Bobcats are a thing in Southern Ontario. I saw one in the parking lot at the dumpster behind my office last fall. It was right in my car headlights 10 meters away, and stood still for me for about a minute. It was definitely a Bobcat. Lynx I am not so sure. I saw a large cat stalking a domestic cat at about 6 AM up in Marmora Ontario 3 weeks ago. It was bigger than a bobcat for sure, I thought Lynx, but it had that super long, super bushy re-curved tail, with a black brush at the end. WTF? An Eastern Cougar? I hesitate to say, it was small for a cougar, but hey, cougars do in fact start smaller and get bigger with time. The tail was as long as the cat though, and way bushier than a domestic cats would ever be. There have been confirmed sightings of Coigars in the Huntsville area, and a few other South Ontario towns, so it looks like the Cougar in fact returning to the East. I wonder if they are true Eastern Cougars, or if they are Western Cougars who have migrated here?

Jul 08, 2016
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Large Cat in St. Catharines
by: Chris

My house backs onto Dick's Creek, which is across from the Twelve Mile Creek. Last night I spotted a large cat that appeared to have long beard like whiskers. It was much bigger than a house cat. It was in my backyard. My first thought was that it was a Lynx. Surprised so many other people have spotted a similar animal.

Mar 23, 2016
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Footprints in the snow
by: Brenda

I have been attempting to identify some prints in the snow in my backyard here in residential part of St. Catharines. I took a picture which I wish I was able to post so someone could assist me. They look like bobcat, but I didn't think one would be in such a residential area. Maybe so.

Hello Brenda - you can go to our Area Animals page and scroll down and send us a picture. You have to put a title, some info about when, where you saw the prints and then add a picture and send it to us


Feb 12, 2016
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Large Cat prints in Beamsville
by: Brett Walker

Yesterday, I saw larger than normal animal tracks on the fresh snow in my backyard. Not a raccoon's, I know what they look like. Can't be a dog's tracks as our yard is completely sealed by a fence. Our back yard backs onto a ravine. With the other testaments of Lynx or Bobcat sightings, I think I have my answer what the tracks are now.

Jan 19, 2016
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Bobcat in Niagara on the Lake
by: Anonymous

I seem to have a Bobcat visiting my backyard, based on the tracks. I'm in Niagara-on-the-Lake off Four Mile Creek Road.

Oct 31, 2015
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Bob-Cats
by: mike lazenby

I live in Welland, Ontario, and was walking along the canal with my wife when I pointed out a cat, larger than a house cat, with very long black hair pointing straight up from its ears. We came home and did some research and yes we do have Bob-Cats here.

Sep 21, 2015
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Twelve Mile Creek Lynx
by: Anonymous

My neighbour told me last summer that he had seen a Lynx in his backyard one night. We live in the same area.

Sep 20, 2015
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Bobcat or Big Cat
by: Anonymous

At 1 pm was driving the babysitter home and out of a front yard ran this fast cat-looking animal, bigger than a dog. It ran onto the road and then around the van and gone. I didn't believe that it was a big cat until I just looked up this site and more people have seen this. It was in St Catharines on Cartier Street.

Aug 20, 2015
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Bobcat in Niagara on the Lake
by: Anonymous

We were driving out of our driveway at 5 am and saw what we think was a bobcat or lynx kitten. I have written books about this animal and was shocked to see it here. Is this possible? It sounds like others have also spotted a similar animal.

Aug 10, 2015
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Lynx or Bobcat?
by: Gayle Pearce

Late at night,on July 25 2015, when we were returning home, we saw what looked like a Lynx on No 1 Side road in Burlington. It was sitting in our neighbours driveway and by the time we turned around it had disappeared. There is a wooded area behind us on No 1 Side road and there are numerous Coyotes, but, this is the first wild cat we have seen up here. I understand there have been many sightings in our area and will be more aware now as we have an outdoor cat!

Mar 16, 2015
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Lynx versus Bobcat
by: Anonymous

Are you sure you saw a Lynx and not a Bobcat? I believe Lynx range is more north and Bobcat are further south, but the range overlaps a little in the middle. Lynx and Bobcats are almost the same size and both have tufts on the tips of their ears. A good way of telling the two apart is by their tails and hip height. Both cats have short tails but a Bobcat tail is a little longer than a Lynx. A bobcat's back is more level with their hips and shoulders inline but a Lynx back is on an angle with their hips noticeably higher than their shoulder.

Mar 10, 2015
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Definate Lynx Sighting
by: Anonymous

I was driving down Montrose Rd in Niagara Falls and spotted a Lynx sunning in a clearing about 200ft from the road. I turn the car around and snapped a few pics and as it got up and moved back into the bush a second Lynx stood up and they both moved in to the brush. This was only about 2km from the Niagara Square shopping mall and 300ft from the QEW highway.

Feb 06, 2015
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Canadian Lynx or Bobcat
by: Dorothy H

I was sure I saw a Bobcat, but now I think it was a Canada Lynx underneath my bird feeder on Centennial Drive in Burlington, Ontario, the winter of 2013 or 2014. I actually saw it from the window, only once, and it turned and looked at me. It was three times as large as a regular house cat, face the size of a dinner plate, about 3 feet long, dense grey/brown fur. Some striping like a tabby cat. I have been watching for it ever since. Watching for tracks in the snow.

Oct 19, 2014
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Lynx in Welland
by: Al in Welland

I spotted a lynx in Welland, Ontario, last summer 2013. I didn't think they where this far south, but I guess I wasn't the only one to see one. WOW!

May 12, 2014
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Sighting in Brant
by: Anonymous

I was hunting with my husband May 11, 2014. We were just out on the outskirts of Ancaster into Brant. We saw one resting up high in a tree. We calmly backed away giving the animal its space. It was not a small one either, even though it was up high we had a clear view that it was an adult cat.

Jan 11, 2014
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Lynx
by: Anonymous

My sister in law swears she she saw a lynx in the power corridor in Burlington in the fall of 2013. When I recently posted a photo of Lynx to my facebook page, she immediately recognized the cat and messaged me saying , "That is what I saw!". This was in the area of downtown Burlington.

Sep 08, 2013
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Lynx in Vineland
by: Anonymous

I came across this thread while looking information up. I did see a Lynx in Vineland at the South border of the Cherry Avenue grape station in 2003 late summer/early fall. It was walking along the wooded hedgerow in the Labrusca (concord) section of the vineyard. No doubt. Looked exactly as it should. Greyish markings, tufted ears and short tufted tail. About the height of my knees. I will never forget the sighting. It stopped to watch me. Showed no fear of me. Then went along it's way. It was me who was afraid. I stood still and just stared at its' eyes. Breathtaking and beautiful.

Feb 26, 2012
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Lynx Spotted in Mississauga
by: Anonymous

Corner of 403 and Dundas Street. Looked to the side on the highway and saw two giant Lynx.

One eating from a tree and the other just watching the traffic.

Sep 30, 2011
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Wild Ontario Cats
by: Anonymous

It was most likely not a Lynx as they are more northern, maybe a Bobcat. (Bobcat and Lynx are smaller that Cougars with stub tails and ear tufts)

The most common sighting in southern Ontario for a wild cat, is Cougar although nobody seems to be able to confirm the many sightings that have been reported in the last ten years - Cougars are much bigger with a long tail.

There has not even been a photograph taken. I have been a volunteer wildlife photographer for conservation efforts for four years now and have never seen any of the three native cat species that live in Ontario, as they area very elusive and shy animals as a rule.

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