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estulin
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Monday, September 1, 2008 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Does Temagami have wild cats, linx or bobcats?
Spotted one swimming across Regan lake. When it got to shore it was definetely a cat of some sort. Pointy triangular ears and moved like a feline.

Any suggestions what I saw?
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brian
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Post Number: 945
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

There are lynx.

Did it have a long tail? This is indicative of a cougar, for which there have been rare sightings.
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rallupae
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Post Number: 49
Registered: 08-2007


Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Interesting - I have not seen such an animal myself. Although I have only traveled the Lady Evelyn lakes route. I wonder if we will see more of these animals in light of increased logging in the area.

estulin, what route were you on when you saw this animal on Regan?

Will be back to Maple Mountain (NorthWest of Regan), but will certainly keep my eyes open.
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micmac
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Post Number: 41
Registered: 12-2005


Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 9:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

If I were a betting man...

I'd put my money on a Lynx - I've spotted a couple over the years in that general area. I was even fortunate enough to catch one watching me as I paddled by - he was very timid; every time we made eye contact, he would crouch down in the marsh grass, but then poke back up to examine me as I drifted by.

The triangular ears are the dead giveaway in my opinion.

Mike
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doug_2
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Post Number: 149
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Lynx are fairly common in Temagami. I have seen quite few including even in Finlayson Provincial Park, almost in town! The attached picture is a lynx I saw under a picnic table in the park. The park was closed for the season. The lynx was dining on snowshoe hares.
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brian
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Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Great shot Doug.
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micmac
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Post Number: 43
Registered: 12-2005


Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I wonder if he'd get along with our two cats at home, Sheriff Roscoe and Daisy Duke...

We could call this guy "Uncle Jesse" to round out the trio...
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curly
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Post Number: 142
Registered: 03-2006


Posted on Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

We often see lynx in town. Bears, lynx, rabbits, yesterday a fox.
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irishfield
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Post Number: 173
Registered: 11-2004


Posted on Friday, September 26, 2008 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

We have a lynx on Island 30. Don't have any squirrels or chipmunks anymore!! We see it almost weekly.. swims off our shoreline over to Island 27 on regular basis. First night we saw it it was sitting staring at us from 8 feet.. while sitting in the hot tub. I said to the wife is that a cougar or a lynx behind me and she laughed... then I dropped my shoulder out of the way and she freaked! LOL




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ed
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Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 8:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Good pictures Irishfield.
I have never seen one in the wild.
I assume the eyes are glowing because your camera automatically used its flash?
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brian
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Post Number: 967
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Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I, too, have never seen one in the wild. Been waiting a long time.
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irishfield
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Post Number: 174
Registered: 11-2004


Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yes flash went off and I didn't have time to play and find a non-flash setting that evening. Everyone wanted to know what we were doing with a camera in the hot tub! LOL In fact while the cat was staring at us I slipped out of the tub (much to the dislike of the wife) went in the cottage.. got the camera and came back out. First shot was just as it got up and turned. It then sat back down in the last shot before we got the tub closed up and went in. Didn't see it again for a month of so.. but wildlife disappeared around us. We had dozens of squirrels/chipmunks last year. This year we only had two red squirrels and about 5 rabbits. Last week I found a rabbit stomach and a paw. Guess it wasn't a lucky rabbits foot afterall !

Last lynx I ever saw in the wild was 1976 Sioux Lookout PPark.

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