Lynx

Lynx canadensis

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  • Lynx |  Photo: Ken Conger, NPS
  • Lynx |  Photo: Ken Conger, NPS
  • Lynx |  Photo: Ken Conger, NPS
  • Lynx |  Photo: Ken Conger, NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Carnivora

Family

Felidae

Size

Lynx are generally between 26 and 41 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 15 years in the wild

Weight

Lynx (Lynx canadensis) facts, habitat, diet, range, lynx pictures and more to help you learn to identify the elusive wild cat.

Diet

Carnivore

Breeding

Females birth 1-6 kittens.

Range

New England, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska

What does the Lynx look like?

Lynx color varies from a medium to light brown. Lynx are marked with dark brown spots. They have white fur on their chests and under carriage. Their tail is short and black. They have tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears. They have large padded paws to aid walking on snow.

Lynx Habitat

Forests

Lynx Facts

Lynx are strictly carnivores and a stunning hunter of Snowshoe Hares. They also hunt other small game and even occasionally deer. Lynx often store food in caches under snow or in brush for later consumption. They are solitary animals except for females with young and during breeding season. They are most active at dusk and dawn and tend to den in hollowed logs or stumps dense forest.

Lynx Distribution



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