Written by Kevin Aubie of New Brunswick, Canada
About five years ago I was working at a lodge deep in the New Brunswick forest. My boss/friend was away that day and I was alone. Several people came into the lodge asking if I knew how to contact the forest rangers who were not at their office right next door. I told them there was nobody around but me and asked them what the problem was. They told me that just a little ways up the trail on a turnoff was a lynx was caught in a trap and injured.
Lynx are quite rare in New Brunswick and I had never seen one but was extremely concerned, and considering that I’m very anti-trapping, I was also angry.
I asked for more details including how big it was and how dangerous. The four very large men told me it was too dangerous to go near since lynx have huge paws and claws. I didn’t care; I was only 160 lbs but I made the decision right then and there that I was going to help.
How would I save him without being torn apart?
I immediately began to think about how I could rescue this animal without being torn apart. Since I was at a skidoo lodge there were several full leather skidoo suits around. I dressed up in a full leather suit, ski doo boots, leather gloves and a ski doo helmet and told the men “lead me to it.”
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