A farmer in British Columbia had to give a lynx a stern talking to after it raided his chicken coop.
In what may be one of the best telling-offs caught on video, Chris Paulson sat down and talked with the pesky wild cat, who killed two of the farmer’s hens.
Initially hearing a noise on Sunday, Paulson went out to the coop and found the chickens in a state of alarm.
“They were all flying around, and I couldn’t see anything,” he said in a phone interview with CTV News.
Sticking his head in the coup, he came face-to-face with a Canada Lynx,
“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.”
Eventually, the lynx backed into a corner and Paulson grabbed it by the scruff of its neck.
“Just like a mother cat would,” Paulson said.
Turning on his phone camera, he spoke to the lynx.
“Let’s go see the damage you did, buddy,” Paulson explained like a disappointed father. “ Not good, is it? No.”
When he carried the lynx to the coop, the chickens once again began to panic.
“See how upset you made everyone? That’s two of our new chickens,” Paulson said.
Putting the lynx in a dog kennel, Paulson eventually got in trouble for relocating the animal.
“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, had little to no sense of humor when it came to Paulson’s “chat.”
“It’s not something we’d advise the public to do, for a couple reasons,” he said in a statement. “One, you could get yourself hurt pretty bad. And second, it’s also illegal.”
Despite the buzzkill session provided by the conservation officer, Paulson did get to videotape a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity- one that will ensure that he will be remembered long after he is gone.
After all, the internet is forever.
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