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Mama lynx with 7 kittens visit Alaska photographer's porch


Talk about close encounters of the furred kind! A photographer in Alaska had the experience of a lifetime when a mother lynx and her seven cubs wandered onto his deck and turned it into their own personal playground.

Tim Newton lives on the edge of Chugach State Park near Anchorage, Alaska. Early one morning in September, he woke to the sound of paws skittering across his deck. 

Living in Alaska, Newton is no stranger to wildlife. "I’ve been woken up by bears on the deck, so I thought I would check," he said. “I pulled open the curtain just a bit to see, because I didn’t want them to run off, and I looked down and saw what struck me as a cat.”



But it wasn't your ordinary tabby from two houses down. “I took a second look and realized it wasn’t a full-grown cat but a baby lynx. They’re about the same size at this age," he said.

Immediately, he "went into photography mode," grabbed his camera and snapped pictures from various windows inside the house.



“They’re running back and forth across the deck, chasing each other, hiding, jumping. They've turned the deck into a romper room, having a heck of a time,” Newton joked.

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“I saw through the screen door that the grass was moving. It was like Jurassic Park with the velociraptors," he laughed. "Then I heard the mother calling to the kittens.”  Mama lynx was watching her furry charges from the underbrush, her mottled coat providing her the perfect camouflage.




Mother Nature then granted Newton another amazing experience: a photo session with all seven kittens and their mother. Newton stayed behind his screen door before he decided he wanted to see if he could get a bit closer without scaring the wild cubs; still dressed in his bathrobe and covering his face with the camera, Newton suspects the lynxes didn't recognize him as anything predatory or see him as a threat; he was able to snap some amazing shots. 

One cub, curious about the camera's strange clicking, wandered close enough for Newton to get this amazing photo. 



The whole encounter lasted about 40 minutes before the whole furry family decided playtime was over and melted into the wilderness, but not before Newton captured this adorable family photo.  


Lynxes are fairly elusive creatures and are usually photographed out in the wilds. It's an unusual and rare experience to see lynxes at play. Calling himself "old enough to play Santa Claus without a fake beard," Newton said he's had only six sightings of lynx in his lifetime. 

"I think I used 40 lifetimes of good luck in those 40 minutes," he said.


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  • Melissa BERENTSEN

    YOU are So Very Lucky to the Pictures that you did of momma and 7 cubs. And HOLY COW 7 She Was a Lucky Mom to have 7
    The norm is 2,3, maybe 4 but 7 Wow !
    She had her Paws Full LOL
    I owned 2 BEUTEFULL LYNX. TIMBER & YUKON ! They were my Baby’s !
    No Breeding all wild Animals belong in the Wild !
    I was Fortunet to adopt a lady 1yr lady was sick so I stepped up then went to a Breeder to get my YUKON for her so she wouldn’t be lonly! But no breeding it not Right ! And after what I saw how people just use them to breed and make money. Unbeiveable
    And the people buying half no Idiea What there getting themselves into !
    They will always have the Wild in Them !
    That Mother LYNX must had Sence that you were good and the Babes were Safe or you would had never seen them !
    They are considered GOST CATS !!
    You are very Lucky to have such a wonderful exsperence!💜
    And u smart enough not to go pet one.
    I’m Inpeested at all the BEUTEFULL Pictures
    U got !
    Good work on taking such pictures in side !
    UR good at taking pictures that’s for Sure !

  • Barbara E Wadel

    I am so jealous, I love cats and I was a mountain girl. I know how precious this encounter was. Thanks for the pics!!!

  • Warren & Evelyn Cambridge

    Amazing batch of kittens and wonderful to have such an opportunity to take their picture.

    We were blessed several winters ago to have the opportunity to take picture of a family of three young Lynx that parked themselves under a tree in our yard. They seemed almost posing for their picture. Evelyn was able to get good pictures of them. We hadn’t seen them before or since. They seemed to have cleaned out all the rabbits because our yard used to be covered with tracks in the winter but not any more.

  • Liz Magunnigal

    Wow! You are so lucky. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and awsom photography. ?

  • Joan Bradley

    Thank you for these wonderful photos. Those baby paws are awesome! If they grow into those feet, they will be huge!

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Mama lynx with 7 kittens visit Alaska photographer's porch