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FEB. 4, 2018 — During the Sportsman's Show in Eugene, Great Cats World Park from Cave Junction, Ore., provided Rob Gensorek with a once in a lifetime opportunity, getting up close and personal with a Eurasian Lynx.

Contributed by Rob Gensorek

Howdy everyone!

The ocean has laid down; lingcod and rockfish have been getting pulled out in good numbers and crab are a boilin’!

In terms of ocean fishing the lingcod seem to be a quicker catch than the rockfish but it’s still great fishing out there! Inside the crabbing still rates as good to very good and the rockfish are biting like crazy if you know where to go and what to use. Swing by and we can point out the hot spots to ya. Steelhead is a mixed bag and has been pretty decent all things considered but we haven’t had any rain for a few days and I don’t see any for the foreseeable future. As steelhead season slowly goes away bass will start to pick up and you can be certain Hunter and I will be out there doing our best to catch some and report back to you.

This past weekend I had the pleasure and honor of appearing at and announcing for the Sportsman’s Show in Eugene and I am super excited to do it again in Roseburg Feb. 16, 17 and 18. I got to meet some amazing people and businesses and I think I am going to start incorporating some of them into my articles. Any time I can help out a fellow small business I think we all benefit. I’m going to start this week because this particular business involves critters, cats to be specific. The Great Cats World Park in Josephine County was gracious enough to let me play with one of their cats at the show. Let me restate that; The Great Cats World Park was gracious enough to let one of their cats play with me. It was an awesome opportunity to sit and let it bat me around like a play toy.

Initially I offered to sit with their mountain lion and let it eat kibble or pork chops off my head. Despite offering to sign a waiver I was met with a resounding NO and after seeing these beautiful animals up close and having a smaller cat sit with me I fully understand their decision. The cat I got to sit with was a beautiful 10-month-old Eurasian Lynx. These frisky cats are just like our house cats in so many ways and the urge to grab one and squeeze and love it is pretty strong until it touches you. My first thought was “wow this thing is solid muscle, and teeth, and claws.” My new friend didn’t care too much about the handler trying to distract it with a play toy on a stick as I had apparently become its new play toy of preference. It put its paws on me, sniffed around in a playful manner and nibbled on the back of my arm just like a house-cat might do except, like, this one could actually nibble my arm all the way through.

In the accompanying picture it has just finished gnawing nibbling on my arm and I am laughing and quietly trying to tell it’s handlers that it wants to eat me while I am also trying to stay perfectly still at the same time; kind of a silent scream for help. Once again I think it was a good call to not put pork chops on my head and I thank the staff for coming to that decision.

The Eurasian Lynx has a really easy to remember scientific name of “Lynx Lynx.” Seriously, that’s it genus and species, seriously, that’s it. Pretty lame lame don’t you think think?

Despite not having anywhere near the coolest name in the animal kingdom and constantly being called names by the other animals this particular critter is probably one of the most beautiful creatures in existence. The Eurasian Lynx is the largest of the Lynx species and will grow to an arm gnawing 45-to 70 pounds and live to 20 years in captivity and probably less in the wild. Much like its smaller cousin the Canadian Lynx the Eurasian Lynx reaches reproductive maturity at ten months to a year of age and will birth one to four kittens.

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These cats keep a home range from an area as small as 8 to as large as 200 square miles depending on density of food and other influences. Food can be anything from mice and rabbits to animals as large as deer or small moose! The markings on these cats also are different from their Canadian cousins and are more pronounced in that their spots are darker and larger.

C’mon down to Roseburg the weekend of the 17’th or make a trip to the Great Cats World Park to see animals in person you’ve probably only ever seen on television.

They put on an amazing show; I hope to see you out there.

Whether you are crabbing off in the bay or getting mauled by wild cats I hope to see you out there.

Rob Gensorek is the owner of Basin Tackle in the Charleston Marina and can be reached by phone at 541-888-FISH, by Facebook at Basin Tackle Charleston, or email at Robs fishing reports can be heard daily at 6:20 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. on KRSB Best Country 103 out of Roseburg and his Basin Tackle Outdoor Show can be heard Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 a.m. at In addition to all this he is sometimes the preferred food of cats.