Lynx

Lynx

Lynx canadensis

 

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DESCRIPTION

My howls sound like those of the wolf and sometimes I even hunt young deer. That’s why I’ve been nicknamed ‘loup-cervier’ in French. In Scandanavia, they call me ‘wolf-lynx’. In Quebec, they should call me ‘hare-lynx’.

 

As a matter of fact, I am intimately linked to the snowshoe hare – my main prey. On average, I consume between 170 and 200 snowshoe hares each year! During winter, the snowshoe hare makes up at least 60% of my diet and sometimes as high as 90%.

I am very well equipped to run in the snow. I have an inclined stance with hind legs slightly longer than my front legs. So I am always ready to pounce on my prey. The pads of my paws are very large and furry – truly silent snowshoes! And yes, my tail really is short… it hasn’t been cut off. The long tufts on my ears look like paint brushes, don’t you think?

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Lynx

Caracteristics

dimension

Total Length 73,6 cm - 1,07 m
Tail Length 5 - 13 cm
Weight M : 6,4 - 17,3 kg F : 4,9 - 11,8 kg

Lifespan

Record of 14 years in the wild and 26 years in captivity

Habitat

Coniferous forests with dense underbursh

Diet

Snowshoe hares, red squirrels, voles, mice, chipmunks, birds, deer carrion

Reproduction

1 litter per year; 1 to 6 kits (3 to 4 on average)

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