Dan Memory of Vernon Hills, Ill., photographed this Canadian lynx he spotted recently while fishing the Northwest Angle area of Lake of the Woods. Here is Memory’s account of the sighting:
“We pulled into a fishing spot, and I noticed the cat on an island about 60-70 yards away. I started toward the cat with the bow mount trolling motor, and it did not run or retreat into the woods. It walked around the perimeter of the small island while I took several pictures. We followed the cat around the island snapping pics and continued to get closer to the cat. He finally made his way to the rocks on the water’s edge when my camera indicated that my memory card was full. At this point, we were about 50 feet from the cat. I couldn’t believe the terrible timing. We watched him for 10-15 seconds more, at which point he moved into the trees. We chalked it up to Murphy’s Law and went back to fishing. But before I made my next cast, I deleted a bunch of photos on the memory card. We fished for about 10 more minutes when I looked out to open water and noticed the cat swimming between two islands. We stopped fishing and motored toward the cat. We got fairly close with the gas motor, then switched back to the bow mount. The cat was such a strong swimmer that he was out-swimming us with an 80-pound-thrust motor on full power. I took several photos of the cat swimming and one last picture as it was climbing onto a rock while getting out of the water. The closest we got was about 15 feet when it was swimming.
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