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Canadian Lynx

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
SuborderFeliformia
FamilyFelidae
SubfamilyFelinae
GenusLynx
Binomial nameLynx canadensis

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The Canadian lynx is a diurnal and solitary wildcat. Their paws are thick so that they can travel through the snow. Their color ranges from grayish-yellow to reddish-brown, and they have a black mark on the tip of their ears and tail.

They measure from 76 to 110 cm and weigh from 8 to 18 kg. This carnivore eats mostly snowshoe hare but also feeds on birds, fish, rats, and sometimes deer. They usually live in cold, dense forests, with a lifespan of 15 years.