by Lorraine, D Bishop
(North Bay, Caledonia, Vanleek Hill)
Lorraine wrote to report ... on October 25th at approximately 3:30 p.m. we spotted a Lynx when it crossed the highway in front of us. We were heading into the town of Temagami, Ontario (south bound), and had just reached the point where the speed limit slows down. Traffic was in front of us but not too close. The Lynx walked to the edge of the highway, and briefly looked at our vehicle before darting out across the highway. Beautiful! It happened so fast that we had no time to take a picture. It was not a big animal and we thought it must be a young Lynx.
D Bishop from Caledonia, Ontario, reported seeing a big cat ... driving at 10:30 pm saw an unknown animal on the roadway, crossed through the beams and was gone. I sought this web page out, and I believe it was a Lynx. This was last weekend, Saturday Feb. 3, 2018, we were on Baptist Church Road, half a kilometer from Brant 22, in Brant County. Why do I think it was a big cat?
I have lived out here a long time and we have seen many animals. I am confident it was not a Coyote, not a Fox, not a Wolf, not a dog. It was much bigger than a feral cat, it did not have the shape of a Cougar, not much of a tail, maybe a Bobcat or a Lynx? I would estimate it at bumper height, perhaps 24 - 30 inches and maybe 36" long, it was grey in the lights. I am not saying I am right, but we do wonder what it was. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them.
Another reader wrote to say ... we live in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, and about 6 months ago we saw three Lynx cross over our driveway in front of our car as we drove up our 700 ft driveway at night. I didn't know what they were but when I came in and looked up pictures of big cats, they were easily identified as Lynx by their hind legs. It happened too quickly to get pictures.
Thank you all for sending us this information about your big cat sightings - I'm sorry it took so long to get them published on our website.
I will also post this on our facebook page.