Daniel Wadleigh has hunted and fished in the Maine woods almost since he learned how to walk, but he was still stunned by what he saw Friday night.
The 31-year-old Belgrade resident was driving on Route 6 in Sandwich Academy Grant Township, between Jackman and Rockwood, scouting fishing locations for the weekend, when he came upon “these two things in the road,” he said.
“I didn’t know what they were. Then I said, ‘Wait a minute. I think those are lynx.’ I pretty much just slammed on the brakes and came to a halt,” Wadleigh said. “I figured they would see me and run. But they stayed right where they were.”
The two Canada lynx were in something of a showdown right alongside the road. So engrossed were they in their dispute that they stayed as Wadleigh first saw them, almost nose to nose and howling at one another, long enough for him to shoot a half-dozen pictures and almost a minute of video with his cellphone camera.
As Wadleigh shot video, the two separated slightly and then sat down, but kept up the noise until Wadleigh started his Dodge Ram pickup truck.
It was, Wadleigh said, a stunning display.
“I’ve seen bobcats here and there. I have seen one or two lynx running through the woods, but I have never, ever seen anything like that,” he said.