It was only about three minutes away by skidoo and when we arrived, I just wanted to cry to see such a beautiful animal being tortured by the steel cable trap wrapped around one of its back legs. The injury on its leg was quite bad; the cable had caused a long deep gash. I could see it was frightened to see so many people approach, so I told the other men to stay put while I moved into range.
I approached it slowly, trying to calm the lynx with my slow movements and hushed tones. As I got near enough, I used a second large leather jacket I had brought to quickly cover the lynx’s body from his head to its back legs, so that only his back legs were exposed. He struggled a bit as I basically used my body to pin him down, and once he calmed I asked the other men to move in and assist by keeping him pinned while I tried to remove the cable. It was not easy. The pliers I had brought couldn’t get around the cable since it was too tightly wrapped around the lynx’s leg. One of the men had one of those little jacknives with a small built-in pair of pliers. Those pliers were small enough to get in there, but I had great difficulty cutting what appeared to be the type of cable used on bicycle brakes, which is tempered steel.
We Slowly Backed Away
After about 10 minutes, the cable was off. I asked the other men to back off as I once again pinned the animal and then slowly backed away.
The lynx was clearly terrifed by the process as he slowly limped away. I wondered if he could survive his injuries. I had my doubts, but felt I had at least given him a chance to live.
I often return to the area to locate and destroy traps. People tell me how that’s illegal and I could get in serious trouble with the law, but I don’t care because this is the kind of thing I am willing to risk my freedom for. Please speak out against this barbaric practice and if you find traps, destroy them.
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