November 14, 2011
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.
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."
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.
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
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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