Lynxes are slightly larger than bobcats and generally don’t show spots on their coats. They are also recognizable by their huge feet, which act as snowshoes when chasing prey across snowy terrain, and their “muttonchop” ruff on their cheeks and chin.
A lynx’s tail is even shorter than a bobcat’s, and generally has a black tip. They also have hind legs that are noticeably longer than their front legs, making their back slope forward.
LYNXES in this ecosystem
Lynxes are found mostly in cold northern areas throughout Canada and Alaska, but come down into the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and several other areas along the U.S.-Canadian border. Although they are rare in this area, there is a strong and stable population in Canada.
In the wild, about 90% of a lynx’s diet is snowshoe hares, and they also eat rodents, small birds, and anything else they can catch.
At the Sanctuary, our lynx gets mostly chicken, supplemented with rats, mice, and big bones to chew on.
BEHAVIOR & Lifespan
Lynxes typically live for about 10-14 years.