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Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)
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CANADA LYNX FACTSDescription
The Canada Lynx is usually yellowish-brown and sometimes has dark brown spots. The upper parts often have a grizzled gray appearance. The underside is pale buff color. The tail is short, often ringed, and has black tip. The fur on the body is long and thick. Ears are triangular and have tufts of black hear at tips. It has large furred paws.
Head and body length: 67cm - 107cm. Tail length: 5cm - 13cm. Weight : 5kg - 17kg. Males are larger than females.
forests, rocky areas with cover, tundra
Canadian lynx are carnivorous. Snowshoe Hares are important part of diet. Also eats rodents, birds and fish. In winter may feed on larger prey such as deer.
Two or three kittens are born after gestation period of 8 -10 weeks. Litter size can be up to 5. Kittens weigh about 200g at birth. They start eating meat at one month of age, and are fully weaned after 5 months.
Canada, and parts of United States including western Montana and neighbouring parts of Idaho, Washington. Also small populations in New England, Utah.
Relatives in same Genus
Bobcat (L. rufus)
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