#TBT: That Time 2 Colossal Cats Went On A Stroll In Washington County
As many of us in Maine already know, you can never be sure just what you'll find around any corner--or in this case, along any stretch of road. But sometimes, you just get lucky; you're in the right place, at the right time, with your wits about you enough to catch it all on camera.
That's what happened to Catherine WoodBrook's husband last July, as he ventured home from a weekend at camp.
WoodBrook posted the video he captured, from his vehicle, on the MAINE Wildlife Facebook page, and people just could not get enough!
WoodBrook's husband had come across the pair and he was able to "tail" them for a while, as they seemed to almost lead him up the road.
"So my husband took this video footage... while driving home from camp. He was on Route 1 in Washington County."
While some who speculated in the comment section of the post guessed this might be a pair of bobcats, according to the description on Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's website, they are more than likely Canada Lynx.
"Both lynx and bobcats have black tufts of fur on their ears and a short, black-tipped tail, however, lynx have long ear tufts and a completely black-tipped tail where bobcats have short ear tufts, and the tip of their tail is black on top and white underneath. "
The site goes on to tell that Lynx can be found in many a Maine county, and their territory seems to be expanding.
"This forest-dwelling cat occurs in northern latitudes where deep snow and spruce/fir forest are common. In Maine, lynx are most common in the spruce/fir flats of Aroostook and Piscataquis counties and northern Penobscot, Somerset, Franklin, and Oxford Counties, where snow depths are often the highest in the state. Although lynx are more common in northern and western Maine, lynx have begun to expand into eastern sections."
Perhaps a result of this expansion, the number of Lynx struck by cars each year is on the rise.
WoodBrook's husband kept a respectful and safe distance from the cats. He also had his hazards on, allowing these beautiful creatures to take the lead until they were ready to make their exit.