JoAnn Cunningham was relaxing inside her South Hillside home in Anchorage when she looked outside and saw...a lynx? "Luckily my schnauzer and cat were inside at the time," she says.

Peering outside, she saw that a lynx had appeared on her deck. Cunningham quickly grabbed for her phone, her hands shaking with excitement.

Cunningham has been living in Alaska since 1965, and while she has seen lynx in the Hillside area before, those sightings have only occurred in the last couple of years.

“I’m living in their habitat and it can be wondrous and scary. This animal is so illusive and silent, it was magical," she wrote.

Lynx sightings in the Anchorage area are somewhat common, said Jesse Coltrane, Anchorage area wildlife biologist with the department of Fish and Game.

“The thing with lynx is they’re really super curious,” Coltrane said. “They don’t run away.”

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