Big cat prints seen in Ogden
Earlier this month, a resident of Ogden found some interesting tracks on his forested property. “The tracks were about four inches wide and there was thirty inches between the tracks. They went straight for about three hundred feet,” said the Ogden resident who sent in the photos to the Stanstead Journal but wished to remain anonymous.
“They couldn’t be dog or coyote tracks because you don’t see the claws, and only cats have retractable claws,” he added.
Believing the tracks, which came as close as four hundred feet to his home, to be those of a big cat, the resident showed them to Eric Jaccard, a biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife. “After looking at the photos, the biologist believed that the tracks were definitely made by a big cat, more specifically, by a bobcat, otherwise known as a lynx rufus,” he commented. The lynx rufus is sometimes confused with the Canada Lynx. Because the harvesting, hunting and trapping of these animals was prohibited for about fifteen years, their numbers have increased in the Townships. They are primarily active at night and pose no threat to the human population.
“I’m not at all worried about the animal,” said the Ogden resident who has horses and goats. “I’m a nature lover so I’m impressed. I think it’s marvellous that we have such a lot of wildlife in this area and another sign that the forest is of good quality,” added the man who has had problems with poachers in the past, his reason for wanting to keep his name and address out of the article.
An Ogden resident found these large cat tracks on his property earlier in the month,
at first believing them to be that of a cougar because of their size (four inches) and the length of the strides (30 inches).
A biologist who saw the photos believed they were made by a bobcat.