A third lynx has been killed by Timmins police in the interest of public safety, an official says.

Police spokesperson Kate Cantin said the lynx was shot last week after the animal wouldn't leave a residential neighbourhood. She noted that, when officers are called, they assess the situation before taking action.

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Timmins police report they shot a lynx last week, after the animal wouldn't leave a residential neighbourhood. (File photo)

"Public safety is our main concern," she said. "So our officers can't just attend and then leave the scene hoping that nothing will happen. They have to take various factors into consideration and then make a decision on how to deal with that wild animal based on those factors."

Cantin says police can't recall a year like this where they've had to kill one, let alone three lynx.


One of CBC News Sudbury's listeners sent in some pictures of a lynx in Temagami that he captured with his camera last year. See the photogallery below:

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