A close en­counter

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One west coast cou­ple got a sur­prise out camp­ing

A New­found­land cou­ple came face-to-face with a wild an­i­mal that rarely shows it­self in pub­lic.

Mi­randa Dwyer, a Clarkes Beach na­tive now liv­ing in western New­found­land, was camp­ing with her boyfriend in the Crabbes River area ear­lier this week. They ar­rived Wed­nes­day at around 5 p.m. with two dogs, plan­ning to set up a tent there.

The cou­ple was just get­ting out of their truck when a lynx sud­denly ap­peared.

“It qui­etly and slowly walked for a minute cross­ing a path and then sat here star­ing back at us for at least 10 min­utes be­fore it again slowly made its way back in the trees,” Dwyer told The Com­pass Fri­day, adding it was the first time either of them saw a lynx.

Cana­dian lynx are gen­er­ally con­sid­ered to be shy, noc­tur­nal an­i­mals mostly ac­tive at night. Their main food source is snow­shoe hare.

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Mi­randa Dwyer and her boyfriend had an un­ex­pected vis­i­tor to their camp­site ear­lier this week.

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