This lynx was photographed in New Brunswick, where the endangered animal’s population is believed to be growing. (Mark O’Donoghue)
Officials in central Labrador are looking for a lynx that reportedly attacked a dog Wednesday.
Cliff Sampson, a town enforcement officer, received a report around midday that a lynx had attacked a pet dog in a yard in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Sampson and provincial Natural Resources officers spotted the lynx in a wooded area, but couldn’t catch it.
He said that by late afternoon, they decided to shoot the animal if they got a chance.
“We were concerned. I mean, I guess the thing that was on our minds was, it could have rabies,” said Sampson. “It was out of character. That animal never had much fear for humans certainly. Never once did that animal run when we saw it. It just walked at its own pace.”
Sampson said the dog that was attacked is being treated at a veterinarian clinic in town for bite wounds on its head.