A Maine man captured a vide of two lynx wailing on the side of the road about a week ago.
“They were making that weird noise, and I was like, ‘I better film this,” Daniel Wadleigh told Boston.com about the two animals, which were facing each other and screaming.
Wadleigh had driven out to Rockwood, which is some 200 miles north of Portland, Maine, to look for a spot to go fishing.
When he came upon the lynx, he was flabbergasted by the noises they were making. He also had never seen the felines in the wild.
After realizing they were lynx, he stopped immediately and captured the video. They ignored him.
“It was an amazing experience in one of my favorite places,” Wadleigh said. “I don’t think it gets much better than that.”
Eventually one walked away after the standoff, he recalled.
In his Facebook post, Wadleigh wrote: “You just never know what’s going to be around the next bend in the road up here in the great north woods (make sure your volume is up when you watch the video) and if you look close one is taged (sic).”
According to National Geographic, lynx are native to remote areas in North America, Asia, and Europe.
“Lynx are covered with beautiful thick fur that keeps them warm during frigid winters. Their large paws are also furry and hit the ground with a spreading toe motion that makes them function as natural snowshoes,” the website says.
Lynx typically mate in the early spring or late winter.
“Canada lynx eat mice, squirrels, and birds, but prefer the snowshoe hare. The lynx are so dependent on this prey that their populations fluctuate with a periodic plunge in snowshoe hare numbers that occurs about every ten years. Bigger Eurasian lynx hunt deer and other larger prey in addition to small animals,” National Geographic says.
Last year, in Ontario, two lynx were caught wailing at each other in a similar incident.
“It was really bizarre,” Ed Trist told the CBC. “You just get a quick glimpse of them and they’re outta there. Two of them, together, headbutting each other and squaring off? It’s extremely rare.”
He said that lynx typically run away quickly.
“Lynx are fairly common and I don’t doubt they have this sort of interactions with one another, hidden in the boreal forest throughout Canada. But typically it’s not witnessed, so it’s really neat for that person to see,” he said. “We see cats and how they interact in a zoo setting, and it’s always neat to see the same behaviour purely in the wild, but unfortunately we don’t always get to see it. It’s certainly a unique opportunity for us.”