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2012-08-12 at 15:20

Game of cat and bear continues as police field more wildlife reports

By Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch.com
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Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources are playing a game of cat and bear.

Reports came in to the Thunder Bay Police Service early Tuesday morning that the supposed cougar was at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. City police officials say the cat had approached staff members going into the hospital and had acted aggressively before escaping into a nearby wooded area.

Photographs posted Monday on Facebook showed a large cat on the Lakehead University campus. But the cat in those photographs appeared to have features more common with a lynx; however no expert in the field has been able to comment on these photographs.
Dave St. Amand took the pictures Sunday around 8:30 a.m. at Lakehead University. He said he was out picking mushrooms for a class he teaches at the college. Given what he had witnessed, there was no doubt in his mind that the animal in the photo was a lynx.

“It’s a very large lynx,” St. Amand said. “It’s about three and a half feet long. It has a short tail, about eight inches long and two and a half inches thick. It has tuffs on its ears where a cougar doesn’t and long sideburns. It’s a lynx.”

St. Amand added he’s spent plenty of time in the bush and wasn’t worried about the big cat.

Meanwhile, city police spokesman Chris Adams said officers can only go on what witnesses have reported. Many of the witnesses who spotted the cat have described it with a long thick tail, which is a description that resembles a cougar.

“A lynx or other animals some may confuse with a cougar don’t match that description,” Adams said.

“There’s really not a lot of expertise in the province with dealing with large cats. There’s a possibility we may have to go out of province for some advice. The MNR have been helping the best they can with the knowledge they have.”

Adams said if the animal was showing aggressive behaviour instead of being reclusive, then there is cause for some concern.

But a large cat isn’t the only mammal police are on the lookout for. Police are also searching for an injured bear.

Police believe the bear and the reported cougar are in close proximately to each other.

Adams added that the bear is reportedly small with a wounded leg and was also spotted in the same area as the reported cougar.

“These two animals, for whatever reason, seem to be traveling in close proximately to each other,” he said. “It is possible that the cougar is stalking the bear but we won’t really know for sure until we reach some kind of conclusion here.”

The multiple sightings forced police to step up their patrols on the hospital grounds and in the areas of Junot Avenue and John Street,
Lakehead University and Confederation College.

Adams said the intercity area has a large wooded area meaning the animals have plenty of green space to move around in.

“It’s a pretty interesting scenario that’s developing,” he said.

“The injured bear is going to pose some potentially pretty big risks. Our main priority is trying to keep the public safe. Unfortunately, sometimes animals have to be put down for the greater safety.”

Some residents who spoke with tbnewswatch.com at the hospital had mix feelings with the animals being so close.

Marlene Yurick wanted to know why they were so close to the hospital and said she hoped that they were caught soon.

“It is a concern,”  Yurick said. “I’m a golfer and I’ve had a bear right behind me before. Maybe the cougar injured the bear or maybe it was hit by a car. I hope they catch it.”

One man who refused to give his name said he saw cougars at the hospital about two years ago.

“I saw its eyes,” he said. “I don’t feel safe going near the bush. There’s way too much wildlife near people.”

Although not everyone was as concerned that the animals were close by.

Arja Ojanpera and her husband Kauko both agreed that the animals were far too close to where people are, yet didn’t concern them.

“They are more scared of us then we are of them,” Ojanpera said. “I don’t know, maybe they are after the deer. Maybe they are already gone.”

Kauko, who hunts, said he was surprised that a cougar was spotted in town especially since it’s incredibly rare to see one even in the bush.

In a bit of lightheartedness Tuesday, Twitter accounts were set up for the elusive animals, who bantered back and forth poking fun at the situation. Follow them here: @tbayCougar; @tbayLynx and @tbay_bear.

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vimeo says:
I'm sure the jokes here will write themselves...
8/12/2012 4:47:55 PM
passlake says:
the inntowner is nowhere near Tungsten.
8/13/2012 12:06:18 AM
big joe mufferaw says:
The Inntowner has been torn down man!
8/14/2012 8:50:49 AM
tsb says:
But the Toronto-based Ministry of Natural Resources says we don't *have* cougars in this region!

It might be a bobcat or lynx. I saw a lynx in the grassy area near the sewage plant once.
8/12/2012 5:36:51 PM
elvis2010 says:
I'm sure even the morons down south would know the difference between a bobcat/lynx and a cougar. One has a tail and the other doesn't. The the lack of brainpower and some idiotic ideas they have for the north from down south never seems to amaze me!
8/13/2012 8:30:43 AM
jb says:
That's no longer the case. It's been about 5 years since the MNR has confirmed that there are cougars in the Ontario. We saw one in Murillo a couple times back in the mid 80's. The MNR sent someone to check it out but tried telling us that it was either a lynx or a dog.
8/13/2012 10:28:50 AM
jamesbrown says:
some drivers just don;t pay attention to anything,,i always still see people texting at stop lights,,,
8/12/2012 5:43:57 PM
dopedoctor says:
what does this have to do with this article?
8/12/2012 6:12:19 PM
dragon says:
There are definitely cougars in the area, I've actually found a deer carcass up in a tree out by the head of the giant. As far as I know there is only one animal that actually brings their kill up a tree....it's not a chipmunk!The MNR set up "Cougar Cams" all over Ontario, they haven't, to my knowledge gotten a picture of this elusive feline, but...have admitted to having found tracks and scat! A big indicator is that a cougar has a tail about 4 feet long, a lynx has a stubby little tail that sticks up! oh and a bobcat is not much bigger than a house cat!
8/12/2012 7:47:48 PM
barry medawin says:
When I was just a young lad it was a dream of mine to find a cougar in the playground. but alas, it never happened!
8/12/2012 9:01:11 PM
heartofdarkmatter says:
i saw a lynx by the LU hangar around 730 sunday evening. i'm assuming this is what people saw. i know theres quite a difference in size, but people are silly enough to shoot dogs and cows and such during hunting season, so there ya go.
8/12/2012 9:12:50 PM
eddylives says:
There has been more than this one sighting around town.
It's just been ignored by the powers that be for too long but now the public is wise to the cover-ups lol.
They have been spotted behind Manitoulin Truck shop in years gone by numerous times.
8/12/2012 10:05:36 PM
ThunderBayFullOfCrime says:
Wildlife is a part of living in NW Ontario. We are the intruders, not the animals.
8/13/2012 12:41:50 AM
serena says:
Thank you for say that because it is so true. I highly doubt it was a cougar. People see coyotes and think they are wolves. It could have been something else.
8/13/2012 7:42:55 AM
keiths31 says:
I am tired of people saying "we are the intruders". Correct me if I am wrong, but humans have been on earth for quite some time and they lived, you guessed it, surrounded by animals. So what if now we aren't living in caves, but in homes built of brick. We ALL share the planet. We aren't intruding on them and they aren't intruding on us. Get over the whole "humans are always in the wrong" schtick. It gets old...
8/13/2012 11:13:46 AM
localdog says:
I think you are still living in a cave if you believe any of your own drivel. We aren't intruding on them? You mean, when we clear forests to make room for more brick houses we are not intruding on their habitat which in turn forces them in to "our" neighborhoods so they can be killed by idiots that think they are a nuisance? Give your head a shake man and find out what goes on out there in the real world. Humans are the ONLY species that kills animals by the millions to satisfy our own selfish desires.
8/13/2012 1:57:30 PM
serena says:
Well put...thank you for your wise words.
8/13/2012 8:17:12 PM
big joe mufferaw says:
You're wrong...humans haven't been around as long as these animals. But you are correct about sharing the planet. This is about establishing a detente with our fellow residents. I'm more afraid of my own species than any other to tell you the truth.
8/14/2012 9:00:15 AM
TWM says:
The exploration of natural resources and clear cutting of forest in northern regions of Canada do in fact, impinge on the habitat of wildlife and the environment. To believe otherwise is like sticking your head in te sand.
8/14/2012 11:32:02 AM
brandnewlow says:
then again, maybe it was a cougar.. gotta think we do have a lot of deer in the area....
8/13/2012 8:26:05 AM
nvjgu says:
It's a regular zoo out there I tell ya. Three bears going into bucks auto parts yesterday. Skunk in my back yard. Deer, mouse, fish every where, birds, cougars, great place to live.
8/13/2012 8:54:31 AM
theonlyopinionthatmatters says:
Pretty sure I seen one last year behind the Mckenzie Inn, lucky my dog was to oblivious to even see or smell it.
8/13/2012 9:05:03 AM
kbecker says:
Serena:

Chances are, if heartofdarkmatter spotted a Lynx at the LU Hangar later on the same day, thats probably what it was. On the other hand, when spotting a cougar, there is no discrepancies in its appearance. It does not look or move like a large dog or wolf, and people are not stupid, it is significantly larger than a house cat. When you see a cougar, you KNOW its a cougar.
8/13/2012 9:09:05 AM
serena says:
Cool....would like to see it...and then hope it goes away because of the danger it is in from all you scaredy cats. We live in the wilderness...accept it!!!!!!!!
8/13/2012 7:17:40 PM
Marak says:
Saw one for sure a few weeks ago crossing the highway about half-way to Geraldton. Ran across the highway maybe 200 feet in front of me and I had to do a double take when it leaped about 20 feet across the far side ditch! Nothing else around here has a tail like that. Who ever thinks they are NOT around here now is a moron!!
8/13/2012 9:11:31 AM
kbecker says:
They are absolutely in the area, just a sparse population and very elusive just like the more common Lynx or Bobcats. But the difference between a Lynx and Cougar...HUGE, Lynx are about 42 inches in Length with that stubby tail bushy and grey with huge paws, and stand roughly 1/1.5 feet tall on average. A cougar are tan, slick, 4 foot tail, stand about 3 feet tall at the shoulders, and are about 6 to 7 feet long. There is no confusion when you spot one, just like Maraks comment.
8/13/2012 9:24:30 AM
TBDR says:
I saw a cougar two years ago by my camp. There's no confusing a cougar with a bobcat or lynx... cougars are more than twice the size... up to 2 metres long and 150-220 lbs. The tail is the giveaway. Bobcat and lynx have short tails... the tail of a cougar is unmistakable.
8/13/2012 9:34:05 AM
Northern Guy says:
I've seen a pic of one checking out a bear baiting station just a week or so ago.It was definetaly a cougar,tail and all. Just outside of Geraldton.
8/13/2012 9:50:16 AM
olddog says:
This Picture was taken near Kenora.
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8/13/2012 9:56:51 AM
patti says:
olddog ~ that's an incredible pic / thanks for sharing !!!
8/13/2012 12:03:39 PM
maggie says:
For all the comments on here about this cougar sighting. My sister and friend were the ones that called in the report as it was in their parking lot up close. Long curly tail and back reached the car doors in the parking lot. Sorry to say that some wild baby kittens that were born in the grass beside the fenced area were also missing. This animal walked around the old age homes and playground area and then wandered into the bush behind the buildings. The insodent was reported to mnr which were closed and then to the police who contacted the correct people. TY so for all the unbelievers that these animals do not roam our parts there you go keep your eyes open
8/13/2012 10:22:21 AM
mmmmmm says:
Well that would explain the police firing a shot in the Copenhagen area yesterday afternoon...when asked what was going on ....the police commented that there was an injured animal....when asked what kind of animal they refused to comment and directed the neighbourhood passer by to be on their merry way!!!!!
8/13/2012 10:23:12 AM
Sui Generis says:
The injured animal was a bear. Different incident.
8/13/2012 11:06:22 AM
animal lover says:
Cougar Burgers??
8/13/2012 11:02:13 AM
feduptaxpayer#1 says:
I've only ever seen them hanging out at local bars!
8/13/2012 11:58:54 AM
Mastermind says:
Police were taking care of a deer. They probably told you to move on by for your own safety. Come on people get a life.
8/13/2012 1:24:43 PM
Sui Generis says:
Again, the injured animal was a bear. It's in the very next article.
8/13/2012 3:11:59 PM
silent rebel says:
I suspect the MNR knows that they are in the area and are remaining mum on the subject as they tend be more in favour of supporting re-population and re-integration of species. Friends of ours have seen them on their property, they are avid anglers and hunters and know what they saw was unmistakeabley a cougar.
8/13/2012 6:38:31 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
There are three truths to this story. Your truth, my truth and the real truth. Cougars live all over North America. With all the cell phone cameras out there someone should be able to get a picture.
Meow!
8/13/2012 6:43:52 PM
gone for good says:
We had two of them in the backyard in 76.
They were trying to get into my grandfathers cement block chicken house on 61 right on the Slate.
Winnipeg Sun had pics of one in Plum Coley last summer. Bout 30 mins south of Winnipeg.
True story.
They have been coming round this area as long as time itself.
8/13/2012 6:53:02 PM
rightmeow says:
seen one of them there curly tailed cats up ye olde Armstrong highway a couple weeks ago. Tail looked like a question mark... and the answer was COUGARRRRRRRRRRRRR!
8/13/2012 10:26:38 PM
Big Head says:
I hope they just don't shoot it! It better be captured and taken out of the city. As for the bear, catch it and let it go in Toronto. That'll fix'm!
8/13/2012 10:56:53 PM
DJ Frazer says:
Make no mistake ppl, this is a dangerous invasive species and should be dealt with accordingly! My cousin worked search and rescue up north and this cut kitty can grow HUGE! He has seen them drag a full grown man into the bush.

So let's get rid of this little kitty before it grows up to be a big hungry kitty and gets the idea to snack on someone's bones around here.
8/14/2012 12:08:49 AM
serena says:
Oh please there has not been a cougar attack on Ontario in a century. Stop scaring people. The sky is falling the sky is falling. Let's hunt down this beautiful animal, kill it, get rid of it. Is that the answer?
8/14/2012 7:32:26 AM
Sui Generis says:
It took me one google search with 3 keywords to prove you wrong.

Beautiful animals, absolutely. Dangerous? You bet. I agree we should be looking at relocating it versus killing it, but I disagree with your attempt to whitewash just how dangerous these animals are.
8/14/2012 11:18:51 AM
serena says:
Never once did I say they were not dangerous. I am not an idiot.
8/14/2012 5:44:00 PM
serena says:
Besides....it seems to be a big lynx...the chances of there being a cougar and a big lynx in the same area is highly doubtful. There is proof in the form of a photo that there is a lynx. I hope it is not a cougar. How stupid do you and the other responder think I am. I have a huge zoom lens and I have photographed bears and coyotes from the comfort and safety of my car. Purely reactionary comments on your part.
8/14/2012 7:19:39 PM
nads74 says:
There has only NOT been an attack because the amount of cougars around are just low. Trust me they are VERY dangerous I lived in the Okangan Valley for years where they were often seen and very feared. They have no problem hunting a human, don't kid yourself...it's your type of thinking that will be the person who was "just seeing how close they could get to get that great pic" and then becomes LUNCH!
8/14/2012 2:26:38 PM
serena says:
And also....cougars are a protected species. If it is indeed in the city...we should do all that can be done to relocate this beautiful animal.
8/14/2012 7:36:15 AM
noront says:
Actually it is only the Eastern Cougar that is protected and the MNR is unsure which cougar is back in Ontario. This is one of the reasons they have not come out and declared cougars are/have allways been here. It is believed that these are not Eastern Cougars which would make them fair game for hunters because there are no closed seasons on any other type of cougar in Ontario.
8/14/2012 12:51:17 PM
big joe mufferaw says:
Leave them alone! They've come for the deer. If anything is an invasive species in this scenario, it's you and me DJ Frazer...maybe taking care of invasive species is what Mother Nature has in mind...
8/14/2012 8:54:51 AM
one_question says:
I think you need to look up what an "invasive species" is. For example, House Sparrows are an invasive species because they did not originate in North America but came over from Europe.
8/14/2012 8:22:21 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
I'll say you are laying the BS on a little thick. Up north of where? When, what year, where was this man dragged off by a big cat. Was the cat a lynx or cougar?
Until there is a confirmed sighting you all are only surmising.
8/15/2012 1:38:19 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
1975, bird hunting, Hume Rd., walked around a corner on a farm trail, bingo, there it was. Very dusky in color. Crashed thru the bush nearby, following me, aggressively.
8/14/2012 5:43:33 AM
Mazda323 says:
CanadaLynx, the article you posted states that the MNR says it's a hoax. After they've been telling us for years that cougars don't live around here, I'm not too sure I believe anything they say.
My mum saw a cougar in her back yard about nine years ago. Scared the &%*$ out of her and fascinated her at the same time. She said it was the most beautiful animal she'd ever seen.
8/14/2012 8:15:16 AM
jzahn says:
Saw a big cougar on the Inco Mine Road, south of Lake Shebandowan; and a cute baby, at the "pulp load" check area, on Hwy #11, between Shebadowan and Shaboqua. I wonder where mom was!!!

Two weeks ago, 10 other vehicles and myself saw a wolf crossing Hwy #17, heading east (towards Burwood Drive (Hydro One)!
8/14/2012 9:19:50 AM
bttnk says:
The cougar was seen this morning at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and an official bulletin has gone out to all employees.
8/14/2012 9:35:47 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Maybe we should delay the opening of the schools this fall. Teachers and children could be endangered.
8/15/2012 10:32:10 AM
kbecker says:
I do not know why there is so much discussion on this, Cougars are in North America. Although very rarely seen in Northwestern Ontario, they are spotted from time to time, they are just an elusive animal that avoid human contact. Its certainly a big deal that one would come wandering through the middle of our city, and could certainly pose a potential threat to pets and people, but that's the way it is here in this city.
8/14/2012 9:44:10 AM
CanadaLynx says:
Mazda323, you DON'T have to believe anything the MNR says. However, in this case (as it is with science in general) - the evidence is what is important. At least the MNR provided evidence (e.g., trees in photo are not native to Kenora; licence plate appears to be from Montana) to support their point. If the evidence provided by the MNR about the photo is wrong - and you can provide better evidence for why they are wrong - then your evidence gains merit. Keep in mind though, that sometimes humans make mistakes. The MNR isn't immune to such mistakes.

And in this case - I can see why this might occur. Until recently, there wasn't enough solid evidence to support the existence of cougars in Ontario (except for anecdotal reports). So perhaps this explains the cautious approach that has been taken by the MNR.

With that said - I don't doubt that cougars exist in Ontario. Newer research evidence from DNA and scat samples appears to suggest they are roaming here.
8/14/2012 9:50:33 AM
Papercut says:
I saw a cougar in 1994 at the junction of Hwy 61 and copper cliff road.....It was 100% a cougar as the tail was pretty much as long as the body.

I reported it to MNR...they blew it off!

Well folks...we DO have cougars in our area and with the increasing deer population...GET READY FOR MORE OF THEM!
8/14/2012 10:59:16 AM
serena says:
So what, they have a right to live in that area. What is the MNR supposed to do? They are an endangered species.
8/14/2012 5:40:50 PM
Ring of Fire Dude says:
Seen one on the Obonga Road 5 years ago while out chicken hunting . Two days later we seen a wolverene by the gravel pit . We kept our mouths shut about those 2 in case the MNR wanted to shut the area down for "study".
8/14/2012 11:47:41 AM
big joe mufferaw says:
The pictures of a lynx at LU taken today are not a hoax...still pretty big cat...
8/14/2012 12:40:39 PM
Onekitty says:
Approx. 40 yrs ago I spotted a cougar while walking along the shore of Lake Superior 30 mi. east of TBay. As stated, there is no 'mistaking' a cougar when you do actually see one. That sighting was forever etched in my memory. An 18-yr-old female alone at the time, I watched covertly as it walked the shore in the opposite direction, then went back in the bush. I did not have a camera with me nor did we have digital then, and, frankly, I was more concerned about how to get home safely (1/2 mi.away through bush) than of photos. Although I have never seen one since, I would know this magestic looking animal instantly if one should be seen again today. That said, now living only 3 mi. from that location, walking and running in the area and having an elderly cat, not sure I relish the thought. I just recently put a trail cam in the yard, so will soon see what passes through the area when we're not looking, as well!
8/14/2012 12:55:10 PM
Tiredofit says:
I've seen tons of cougars at the bars here in town. They didn't have long tails, but they were looking for some..... Couldn't resist
8/14/2012 2:45:20 PM
tbay outdoorsman says:
the pic in question is not the same animal this pic was taken at a different location yes this is a lynx in the photo..have seen them up there before.the cat description given in both cases were huge cat long tail,given the hospital staff also saw injured bear in the same place no doubt this cougar is stalking the wounded small bear.doubt if you must but with all the deer in town and cougars diet consisting mostly of deer its very possible,as far as the lynx well walk in the area you will see why this guy is up there.its all the squirrels tons of them up there.they have found hair scat containing cougar dna in ont,the warmer summers may be why there are sightings now whatever the case its highly possible there lurking out there.
8/14/2012 8:21:06 PM
Mastermind says:
Ok. Any of these animals dangerous? Absolutely. They are roaming in heavy populated areas where large numbers of adults and children tavel daily. How do you trap them. MNR does not do this anymore. If you call the police they have one option. They are in the business of public safety. Boom. Good thing because I worry about my kids, parents, nephews, who travel these areas daily. There is no other option.
8/14/2012 8:55:27 PM
gobig says:
Just like the spring bear hunt. They should never have closed Scuttle Butts
8/15/2012 10:00:22 AM
hubbabubba says:
Hope he is keeping our city's rodent population under control.. He may be useful in that department.... rats, mice......
8/15/2012 12:03:51 PM
daryl060761 says:
In other news, some cougars were seen in the area of Scuttlebutts last night.
8/15/2012 12:20:28 PM
extreme measures says:
the cougar and lynx skins and pelts are of great value. Word on the street is there are out of town hunters arriving here to collect on a bounty.
8/15/2012 1:13:02 PM
jetpowered says:
WE all live in Northern Ontario....if you're affraid of wild animals move to toronto. I have bears in my yard regularly...they were here first...i simply take the necessary precautions. (i live off mountain road.) We have had lynx in the area many times....this animal is not new to the area...They Live here!! get used to it!! These photos are clearly a lynx.
8/15/2012 1:38:07 PM
She says:
Could everyone just calm down. We do live in the middle of the forest you know.
8/15/2012 2:25:41 PM
nads74 says:
That is with 100% certainty is NOT a cougar...Lynx, or bobcat yes.. Very hard to tell from that pic. And all he wants is a rabbit to eat.
8/15/2012 2:44:54 PM
daryl060761 says:
Lynx's and Cougars and Bears, oh my!
8/15/2012 4:42:48 PM
hot4cougar says:
Lynx,Cougars and Bears...Oh My!
8/15/2012 5:07:13 PM
noront says:
Why is this even being debated? Are the people in Thunder Bay really that stupid? That looks nothing like a cougar. I hope this is not the same animal people are reporting to be a cougar, otherwise they should be sent back to grade 3.
8/15/2012 7:20:02 PM
serena says:
There is interesting material on the internet on "cougar hysteria". Also cats of all varieties mark their territories....to keep others out. Therefore, it is doubtful that 2 big cats could be wandering around the same area.
8/15/2012 7:27:04 PM
udecide says:
Thunder Bay News " find something else " the province is laughing at us again. You are embarrassing the city once again..
8/15/2012 7:32:28 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
tbnewswatch isn't the problem! It's the idiots who make all the stupid comments and assumptions that embarrass the city. There is always a comedian in the crowd, there is always an expert, then there are a few common sense people.
Anybody can come up with some facts thanks to google. If you don't see it with your own eyes, don't believe it, don't assume anything.
8/16/2012 8:49:57 AM
cachinnate says:
Dont worry about anyone laughing at us. The rest of the province is too busy laughing at the antics of Toronto's mayour Rob Ford.
8/16/2012 8:59:22 AM
moi says:
couldn't agree more udecide. So sick of this story--like really, who cares if it's a cougar,lynx,or purple smurf. It's wildlife,deal with it.
And you might as well lump the Thunder Bay News and CBQ into the equation--they're equally guilty for giving this non-story waaay too much air time.
8/16/2012 8:10:17 PM
010665 says:
I love how a lynx appears, which is cool enough, but apparently sparks hysterical fears of a sabre toothed, hannibal lector evil, giant killer cougar stalking Thunder Bay! Suddenly everyone and their dog is reporting their own "cougar" encounter story. The beasts are everywhere, we are surrounded! For a city that likes to pride itself on its close ties to "wild" nature, this is kind of silly. I hope there is a cougar, cause otherwise we look pretty stupid. I have been within 2 feet of a formerly wild cougar at a wildlife rehabilitation centre. I assure you that is not a cougar in the photo. "MNR spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski said the last confirmed cougar sighting in Ontario was in 1884. And although the ministry receives numerous reports of sightings each year, she says 95% are are misidentifications. "
8/16/2012 12:00:55 AM
ice1975man says:
Lmao this is starting to sound like an area 51 coverup exchanging UFOs and aliens for cougars. Like come on now it's not that hard to believe there was a cougar siting, it's not like we are talking bout a Sasquatch hahahahahaha
8/16/2012 2:32:19 AM
wayne says:
perhaps the hospital and LU should install chain 'lynx' fence
8/16/2012 4:53:04 AM
Mazda323 says:
Canadianlynx, wow, chill out dude it wasn't a personal attack (unless you work for the MNR?)
Like I said, I don't believe them when they say that cougars don't exist here. They do. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. These cats are notoriously elusive, heck, I had a housecat that was notoriously elusive, wouldn't see her for a couple of days sometimes, and that was in the house!
8/16/2012 8:17:38 AM
kbecker says:
It is well established that the news photo from Lakehead U is a Lynx. However, when the police approached the hospital staff asking again, they informed them that the animal in the photo was NOT what they seen, and was NOT what charged them at the hospital. Clearly identified as a large, muscular cat, sleek tan colour with a long tail. If you seen something with your own eyes, knew what you saw, and then people said to your face: "no, thats not what you seen, it was something else." How would you feel?
8/16/2012 11:11:55 AM
fiorn says:
My cousin and I were driving at around midnight when I was 18 (so 11 years ago) on Hymers Fair drive and came around a corner to have my headlights illuminate a BIG cougar standing across the road! I slammed on the brakes and skidded on the gravel. It took off into the bush, but we both just sat there and waited a minute in the dark trying to put together what we just saw. It was an amazing animal and I remember exactly what it looked like to this day!
Sidenote: My cousin grew up in the area (Hymers/Gillies) and his father has seen them on a number of occasions on their large property.
8/16/2012 11:44:49 AM
gitrdun says:
If I had a dollar for everyone who has told me they have seen a cougar in the Thunder Bay district, I'd be a wealthy man. And those very people are adamant that they know what a cougar looks like. But consider this. Cougars do not hibernate and as a result run all winter in search of their next meal. That makes them vulnerable to trappers and hunters(accidental harvest of course), highway accidents and death by other natural causes. For all the sightings, by what seems like every second person in Ontario, surely one animal is going to show up dead somewhere. But it hasn't happened, has it? I'm not saying that it isn't possible that one day a cougar may cross from Alberta to Ontario through the northern route, but I am saying that out of all the sightings, chances are excellent that 99.9 percent are mistaken identity.
8/16/2012 11:39:28 PM
serena says:
Well said I completely agree!
8/18/2012 6:51:12 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Your OPINION is firmly cemented in your mind. 50 dollars would you a wealthy man?
8/19/2012 7:45:23 AM
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