The B.C. Conservation Officer Service said handling the cat was illegal
If you own chickens, you know keeping predators away can be challenging. When Chris Paulson of Burns Lake, B.C., encountered a Canada lynx in his chicken coop, he took an unusual course of action that has everyone talking. He grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and gave it a good talking to, while filming the encounter.
It all started when Paulson heard a commotion coming from his coop last Sunday and went to investigate.
“They were all flying around, and I couldn’t see anything,” he told CTV News.
When he stuck his head in the coop, he saw a Canada lynx. It had already killed two of his chickens and was going for more.
“So, I jump in there and try to shoo him out,” Paulson said. “He was totally not aggressive towards me, but really focused on catching some more chickens.”
When the lynx backed into a corner and refused to leave, Paulson simply reached down, grabbed it by the scruff of its neck and hauled it out and away from the coop.
“Just like a mother cat would,” Paulson said.
With the lynx still in his grasp, he took out his cellphone and started recording. He wanted to show the footage to his daughters. In the video, which he later posted to Facebook, he gently scolds the growling feline, which still has feathers hanging from its mouth.
“Let’s go see the damage you did, buddy,” Paulson explains patiently. “Not good, is it? No.”
Paulson then filmed the remains of the dead birds and the live birds as they flapped and squawked.
“See how upset you made everyone? That’s two of our new chickens,” Paulson tells the dangling cat. Paulson said, of course, the message was all meant to be tongue-in-cheek.
After capturing the footage, Paulson said he placed the lynx in a dog kennel, drove it off his property, and set it free, a mistake he says he now regrets.
“In hindsight, what we did was wrong,” Paulson said. “We shouldn’t have relocated him.”
Sgt. Ron LeBlanc of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, whose office investigated the incident, said Paulson shouldn’t have handled the lynx like he did.
“It’s not something we’d advise the public to do, for a couple reasons,” he told CTV News. “One, you could get yourself hurt pretty bad. And second, it’s also illegal.”
Although lynx typically avoid people, they have very sharp teeth and claws that can inflict serious damage.
“We’re just glad this incident didn’t end in a different way,” LeBlanc said. “Because it certainly could have.”
No legal action was taken against Paulson.
Paulson says his German shepherd usually scares wild animals away, but it was on a walk with his daughters when the lynx attacked the chickens. He thinks if the dog had been there, the cat would probably not have approached the outbuildings at all.
Paulson said he will be securing his livestock more carefully moving forward and that his lynx-schooling days are over.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.