Appearance

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.

DIET

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.

Our CANADA LYNX

Taxonomy

KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Carnivora
FAMILY: Felidae
GENUS: Lynx
SPECIES: canadensis

conservation status

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Least Concern

MOST ACTIVE

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Nocturnal

  THOR  was born on a fur farm. The person who purchased him from the fur farm ended up bringing him to us for long-term care. Thor has very poor eyesight and never learned to hunt, so he can’t be released into the wild. He was born in 2006.

THOR was born on a fur farm. The person who purchased him from the fur farm ended up bringing him to us for long-term care. Thor has very poor eyesight and never learned to hunt, so he can’t be released into the wild. He was born in 2006.

 

Lynx-Related Episodes of our Podcast