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ON THE PROWL – A lynx is seen in Porter Creek in March 2010. Another of the big cats recently attacked a dog in the McIntyre subdivision.

Lynx attacks dog in McIntyre subdivision

There’s been another lynx attack on a dog – this time in Whitehorse.

By Tim Giilck on February 4, 2021

There’s been another lynx attack on a dog – this time in Whitehorse.

The details are few, but a Yukon conservation officer destroyed a lynx last Saturday in the McIntyre community on the west edge of the city.

The information came in a Facebook post on the Yukon conservation page late Wednesday.

Diana Dryburgh-Moraal, a spokesperson for the Department of the Environment, confirmed the incident but could not add many more details.

The lynx had allegedly attacked a dog somewhere in the neighbourhood, but she didn’t have any further details.

Dryburgh-Moraal said she believes the dog survived, but added the owner would have to be contacted to provide an update on its status.

No information was made available on the owner’s identity.

The attack comes on the heels of a well-publicized attack in Beaver Creek more than a week ago, reported in last Friday’s Star. Two women fought the lynx off in that incident.

For the last month or more, there had been frequent posts on social media of a lynx being seen in the Granger and Hillcrest neighbourhoods. It’s possible the same lynx was responsible for the attack in McIntyre.

Dryburgh-Moraal said the lynx are facing a shortage of food this winter due to the population of snowshoe hares crashing as part of their regular population cycle.

That’s leaving the Yukon’s lynx population in a precarious state due to a severe lack of food.

Under those circumstances, it’s not surprising the big cats are seeking out alternative food supplies, she said.

Lynx are normally not dangerous to people, Dryburgh-Moraal said, but pets such as dogs and cats are definitely vulnerable.

Comments (23)

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Resident on Feb 9, 2021 at 2:16 pm

I'd tell you to step back from the keyboard and breathe, maybe take a walk. But, you know, might get eaten by a lynx.

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SH on Feb 9, 2021 at 10:03 am

A one line article would be disappointing for anybody to read. People want details. Details are interesting. Details aren't always attempt to scare or control people's minds. I'm not saying the media doesn't ever manipulate, I'm simply stating the media isn't using this article to manipulate to the extent that Josey implied.

"What does a sheep say?",
It's sad that you've resorted to demeaning comments within your last post. My debate with you is concluded, and you maturity level obviously isn't what it should be.

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Lambs to the slaughter... on Feb 8, 2021 at 5:39 pm

@ Resident - There was nothing straight forward about the article. There are a number of sensationalist, sell the popcorn, aspects to the story that are gratuitous:

There’s been another attack...
The attack comes on the heels of...
Two women fought the Lynx off...
Lynx are not normally dangerous to people...
The Lynx was destroyed...
The Lynx population faces a food scarcity...

The article was sensationalist as it sensationalized a nothing story. It does not mean that you have to hide the women and children - FFS. This part of your response is an example of sensationalism. It is also a logical fallacy. A cognitive error called the straw-man fallacy by representing something as it is not to undermine the person and consequently their argument through invalidation.

Sensationalism is simply the gratuitous embellishment that news stories make their money on. This is/was taught in junior high school business-consumer Ed classes. Maybe not so much anymore?

Again, this story deserved a one liner at best. There are many other important and under covered newsworthy topics the author could write about if the paper was actually interested in informing people about stuff and things.

I would not be so cavalier in my dismissal of the thoughts and opinions of many of the posters and contributors to this forum. I have yet to run into anything I would refer to as “cancerous vitriol”.

If you are going to offer lessons in critical thinking it would be good for you to demonstrate it. Oh, spelling and grammar matter.

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Patti Eyre on Feb 8, 2021 at 3:34 pm

Wild animals behave according to instinct. Big whoop!

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Resident on Feb 8, 2021 at 10:01 am


Sure, nothing but well constructed, rational discourse in the comment sections.
I reread the article in case I missed the sensational tone you referred to. I don't see anything about lynx taking over the town, hide your kids! It's a pretty straightforward article about two incidents, environmental factors, and what areas they've been seen.

Here's a lesson in critical thinking. Never take comment sections seriously. Comments are pure cancerous vitrol.

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Lambs to the slaughter... on Feb 5, 2021 at 5:32 pm

Dear Resident - It was no such thing. If the article was intended to simply communicate that there are Lynx in town it would have been a sentence: There are Lynx in town hunting for cats and dogs.

That’s it. Your contention does not make sense. The intent was sensationalism at best. Maybe you and SH should sign up for a course on Critical Thought and/or Power Relations and/or...

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What does a sheep say? on Feb 5, 2021 at 3:59 pm

Dear SH - I guess we now know what a sheep says. Thanks for letting us know.

an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.
"the movie is a parody of the horror genre"

You have to be a millennial or younger to not know that the papers, social media, and other mass communication platforms are supportive of state.
Good Grief - Pick up a copy of Manufacturing Consent and have a read. Let me know and I can help you understand some of the more challenging words.
Talk about logical fallacies... You do understand that “mind reading” and other forms of attribution error are cognitive distortions right? I can help you with this too.

Your post is supportive of the idea of the deadening of the collective mind. Because you cannot see past yourself to understand the world around you everyone else will suffer. Nobody here believes that the government is out to get “them”. But what people do understand SH is that the government operates to control the collective “us” because that is its purpose. It’s function.

So, parody is very appropriate description for Josey’s post. To describe your contribution however they would have to invent a word something along the lines of dumbassery. I am however a believer that people can rise above their inabilities - If only they would choose to “think”.

Good luck. I am here for you.

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SH on Feb 5, 2021 at 1:37 pm

"What does a sheep say?",
I love that you completely politicized the use of the word "destroyed". You can politicize anything if you really want to, but that doesn't mean you have good logic. If Josey truly is "using absurdity to parody the friendly fascism of government intrusions into the lives of the people they are supposed to serve", then I have only two things to say to you:

"Good grief" and "The media/government isn't out to get you"

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Resident on Feb 5, 2021 at 1:27 pm

Good lord, this was a simple PSA article letting people know there are lynx in town. The internet really was a mistake.

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Fredia on Feb 5, 2021 at 1:05 pm

BnR, that's just ol' Josey Wails again. lol!

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What does a sheep say? on Feb 5, 2021 at 9:34 am

SH - Josey did not engage in overthinking s/he/they were simply using absurdity to parody the friendly fascism of government intrusions into the lives of the people they are supposed to serve.

I get it though. You people are under a lot of pressure to conform to the newly imposed normative standards of this friendly fascism in the name of inclusion. It is truly fascinating and at the same time frightening to watch the deadening of the public mind, the silencing of diverse opinion, the normative escalation of emotionalism, and the eradication of any sense of psychological or physical freedom under the guise of an inclusivity paradigm that is actually fracturing societies.

Much like what the new inclusivity paradigm is doing to the possibility of a more collective and integrated society the Conservation Officers “destroyed” the Lynx. Nice language. Destroyed! It fits though with the current Liberal Government - Its primary objective appears to be destruction.

The play that Josey made however was in juxtaposition to the idea that the media is a tool of the state. This is a truism. The irony here is in the absolute lack of facts and the sensationalist nature with which the article was written.

In other related news the Liberal government has been taken over by space aliens who have been waiting on the dark side of the moon for this exact time. The person on the street interview revealed that the article about the Lynx was an encoded message to signal the space aliens that it was time to assume key positions in the Liberal rank. When the person in the streets was asked why Liberals... S/he/they said: Liberals are more susceptible to mind control.

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TheHammer on Feb 5, 2021 at 8:32 am

It's a clear case of revenge because of what happened to the lynx's partner by the gun toting madam walking her dog without a leash. Kats Karma is the obvious link in the chain of interdependent causation. The community should get together and leave out piles of nibbles.

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iBrian on Feb 4, 2021 at 7:18 pm

Lol; I taught I saw a puddy tat.

Sometimes when I read your posts I almost Blow a hernia laughing. Thanks for the sarcasm, it’s hilarious.

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Mike on Feb 4, 2021 at 6:39 pm

@Josey Wales
LMAO great interpretation of some naive residents who have moved into Gods Country only to be shocked that God never trained his animals and Silver and his band of bandits decide to take matters into their own hands and kill the Lynx for doing what it does naturally.
Your sarcasm on the utterly useless rules we have been subjected to this past year fear mongering and zero answers.

Enjoyed your comment to it's entirety. Thanks for the smile

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Wilf Carter on Feb 4, 2021 at 6:35 pm

I lived in the Junction for two winters while working there. There were lots of rabbits. I had Lynx, a mom and dad and two little ones living out in the bush in front of my cabin from January 6 to May 12. I never fed them any of my food at all because that not nature at all. We had a cold period for three weeks and it was - 38 at nights for 10 days and the little ones were crying for food and the mother or father could not hunt because it was so cold. Our office was closed so I went out at day break and trapped three rab's by the next morning. I gave two to the mom because the little ones were under her in the snow. I put one in front of the dad. The mother pulled open both rab's insides which were not frozen yet and the little ones ate the insides and some of the skin. The mother ate next and she did not finish the remainder of the two rabbits but then dad ate and finished all of the rab's. They ate everything from the rabbit.
I don't know why these Lynx made a home next to me, but after giving them their own food the weather changed and mom and dad could hunt again.

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Josey Wales on Feb 4, 2021 at 4:31 pm

Hey Sh...thanks eh! Not bad for a guy that never read a single word of it.
I have been here a long time, and guess on "the rage of the day" often without EVER reading a word just by understanding "this sty".
I used the fear/regulation angle as it is so in fashion, like off the charts right popular.

...gotta say though, I did leave a clear PSA? ...sigh...public school syndrome maybe?

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Josey Wales on Feb 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm

BnR...suppose old ladies never do that eh?
The PSA is targeted to folks as yourself, and others whose Brain not Running.
...carry on BnR, and I will carry on barking at the moon as a loon...just to entertain ewe.

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Wilf Carter on Feb 4, 2021 at 4:01 pm

These animals are in need of food so they are going where food is. Just nature.

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BnR on Feb 4, 2021 at 3:15 pm

Ol Joseys reminds me of those old guys in their back yards, shaking their fists at the sky.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 4, 2021 at 2:59 pm

A small breed dog unattended will look like an easy target to a hungry lynx. The details not included in this story will help to tell the factual tale rather than the creative embellishments of those in a hurry to press the panic button.
The lynx is only doing what lynx do. Being aware of the risks in our yards should help pet owners to take the appropriate steps when Fluffy needs to go out for a pee.
"Welcome to Whitehorse - The Wilderness City"

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SH on Feb 4, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Josey, you win the "over-thinking and over-complicating a simple article" award.

Here's what I got from the article:
Lynx attacks dog. Hare population down. Be careful with your pets. Simple.

Nobody is saying to fear animals.
Nobody is saying the public is in great danger.
Nobody is saying you need to stop going outside.
Nobody is saying that there needs to be more rules/regulations.

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Chuck Farley on Feb 4, 2021 at 12:44 pm

With predators in the city means the snowshoe rabbit is in its downward cycle, and it's easy pickings when Fluffy and doggo go outside to do their business or as we learned, out for a walk.

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Josey Wales on Feb 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm

wow...what a hazard!
I "feel" very strongly after this very close call, near death experience that...
ALL outdoor activities cease immediately!
Only critical tasks like taking out the garbage should be permitted outdoors!
Anyone caught violating my "feelings" should be jailed min. 1 year and FINED up to $5K donatable to the YLP or CPAWS.
Pass a "get along lil' doggie" By-Law with all fines going to CoW & YLP (kinda the same thing...different place) of course.
These folks that were outside?
Of course they should be banned on all social media, fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes...even if they own them!

I PLEAD with you folks to SWARM the rule makers, we need more regulations STOPPING all outdoor activities before someone gets hurt...there is CLEAR and PRESENT DANGER in the outdoors!

Fear...the clean air.
Fear...the wild animals.
Absolutely fear... the domestic ones that are "gasp" running free!
Fear...the potential trauma one may experience seeing "wild" in the wilds of wee Portland or T.O. North 60.
Fear... the ridicule you may experience in "expressing" your fears!
Fear the biting cold, it kills folks every year!
Fear...crossing paths with another that may think different than you!
Fear...said strangers thoughts AND their germs!
Fear...running outta things to fear on!

Folks in the interests of "public safety" stay scared 24/7/365.
Remember words now are EXACTLY like bullets and can kill via hurt feelings.

Why those selfish folks could not just stay INSIDE and entertain themselves with all the "made in China" products they were so gracious to distribute for our pleasure?
I hope they realize the cavalier attitude to "public safety" they are projecting by being so very selfish and getting outside.
We clearly need a CEMA to address this potential time bomb that sunshine and the outdoors is clearly trying to create a perfect storm of tissue and bloodletting that is ENCROACHING upon us.
I "feel" more regulations will keep us and the critters safe, hungry...but safer.
The government must act now, folks FEAR them not acting on this DIRE warning mother nature is giving us.

*OJW PSA...if you cannot detect the epic sarcasm in this post as it "relates" to public safety? I and maybe many many others cannot help you.

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