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Photos: Lynx mama and her 5 kittens give photographer a show

A mother lynx and her litter of five kittens surprised an amateur photographer Monday when they came out of the woods to hang out on the Haines Highway.

Melody Anne McKenzie snapped the photos of the lynx on March 7 around 2:30 p.m., near Dezadeash Lake on the Haines Highway, south of the Haines Junction in Canada's Yukon Territory.

Photography is a hobby of McKenzie's. "My husband and I are retired and we like to take drives to find opportunities to take pictures of wildlife," she wrote in a message to Alaska Dispatch News.

McKenzie and her husband Stan McKenzie told the CBC earlier this week that Stan had spotted one lynx first, and then the rest began to appear. "By the time it was all said and done there was all the kittens and the mama and they all just came onto the road while I was standing behind the truck," she told the CBC.

The animals didn't seem to be afraid of her. After a while some traffic came along and they disappeared into the woods, she told the CBC.