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Curious Cats - A family of lynx has been our neighbors for many years. They live in the nearby woods where we walk every day, paths crossing a few times each year. Sometimes it’s the male out hunting hares. Sometimes on a sunny winter day, the female takes the kittens out for a stroll. Despite the many dogs in the neighborhood, we have never heard of a serious dog-lynx interaction. Few dogs would be bold enough to take on a full grown lynx, and when a lynx is threatened they find a branch. I have seen them sitting in a spruce tree, watching absently until the barking dogs have lost interest and headed home. It was for this reason, this relationship with the wild cats in our area, that I found the recent reports of dogs attacked by lynx in the Yukon Territory so curious. Two incidents have occurred in as many weeks, with injured pets having to be extracted from the mouths of aggressive cats. There have been other instances reported, one attack on a leashed dog in Ontario in 2018, and five dogs in Inuvik in 2019. In the Yukon, climate change and food stress are described as possible drivers. Which is not surprising given lynx are adapted to snow. We look for clues in Canada and around the north, on ways to help our lynx neighbors, and preserve our good relations. Mike Brubaker, Editor

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
CBC / February 8, 2021

Twice in the last couple of weeks, dog have been attacked by lynx. Biologist Tom Jung says climate change may be a factor, affecting the amount of food available. Snowshoe hares in Yukon are now in about the third year of decline.

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Saydyp, Altai Krai, Russia
Siberian Times / January 27, 2021

Pillars of smoke were filmed over the areas hit by last summer’s wildfires despite the current long spell of extremely cold weather.

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Lake Baikal
Siberian Times / February 8, 2021

Alexey Kolganov films himself skating on transparent ice of lake Baikal, as new cracks form under his skates. Most surprising is the unexpected, cosmic sound.

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Jordet, Trysil river, Norway
Mette Finborud Børresen, Hans Andreas Solbakken, Torunn Myhre, Ola Bjørlo Strande / NRK / February 3, 2021

Several properties in Trysil have been affected by flooding after ice flow in Trysilelva. The garage where Johnny Stenbrenden has his beloved Chevrolet Camaro was flooded.

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Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
David Jala / The Telegram / February 8, 2021

Cape Breton finally looks like a winter wonderland. A quick-moving storm that raced across Atlantic Canada dropped about 37 cm of snow over the Sydney area.

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Aviemore, Scotland, United Kingdom
Steven McKenzie / BBC News / February 4, 2021

Andy Meldrum, of Glencoe Mountain, said his business is working towards a date when they can welcome back skiers and snowboarders. Despite the most magnificent conditions in 11 years, the slopes remain closed because of lockdown.

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Skjoma, Narvik, Norway
Sondre Skjelvik, Frida Brembo / NRK / February 2, 2021

The Skjoma River in Narvik is frozen through in several places – and locals fear the salmon population will have to endure a sharp reduction again. Statkraft says it will lose money if they release more water.

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