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Canadian lynx,
solitary and secretive

 

The Canadian lynx (aka North American lynx) is solitary and seem to be territorial. They have highly developed hearing but are primarily visual predators. I am sure you can guess where the Canadian lynx is found. But did you know they are also found in Montana, parts of Idaho and Washington. Hence them also being called North American Lynx.

 

They are easily recognizable cats with their black ear tufts, flared facial ruff, and very short tail. Sporting extremely thick, light brown to gray fur with light black spotting. The Canadian Lynx have a tail with a black tip and huge paws that are covered with think fur. By spreading its toes apart enabling it to walk in soft snow, their fett have a snowshoe effect.

 

Communication and perception are probably similar to that of other cats. In addition to having good vision to facilitate hunting, they have excellent hearing. It lives in dense forests where their main prey is the snowshoe hare, is found. They are dependent on the on this hare for survival, when the hare population falls off, so does the lynx population. They normally stalk their prey within bounding range, and with one huge pounce, catch their prey. Some have been seen to wait for hours to ambush a hare. Females and young sometimes hunt for hares together. They spread out in a line and move through relativley open areas. When prey is scared up by one cat, it is often caught by one of the others. This hunting method can be very successful and is an important education to the young in hunting techniques.

 

Trapping is still one of the greatest threats for this fabulous feline. Sadly, they are  trapped easily, and in times of low numbers, it makes recovery of the population difficult to rebound. Human encroachment and habitat destruction and also very big factors in their decline in the wild. This may sound bleak, but the outlook for the Canadian Lynx is better than it is for many other species of wild cat.