Canada Lynx

Scientific Name

Lynx canadensis

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Range

Habitat

Forests and grasslands

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Canada lynx have long and dense fur, triangular ears with black tufts at the tips, and snowshoe-like paws. Their back legs are longer than the front legs, causing their back to slope downward to the front. They can reach nearly two feet tall and weigh up to 35 pounds. These felines are good swimmers and agile climbers. Specialist predators, Canada lynxes almost exclusively hunt snowshoe hares, and they mainly hunt at night when their prey is most active. Individual lynx, particularly of the same sex, tend to avoid each other, forming "intrasexual" territories.

Interesting Fact 1

Lynx stay in the same territory all year and have to find food in the winter.

Interesting Fact 2

The tufts on their ears may aid their hearing or help them detect objects above their head.

Interesting Fact 3

Their large paws act like snowshoes and keep them from sinking into the snow when they hunt.

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