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Canadian Lynx

Canadian Lynx

Scientific Classification
Binomial name
Lynx canadensis
The Canadian Lynx (Lynx canadensis) is a close relative of the Eurasian Lynx. Some authorities regard both as conspecific. However, in some characteristics the Canadian Lynx is more similar to the Bobcat than to the Eurasian Lynx.

This cat is distributed over almost all of Canada. In addition there are large lynx populations in Montana, Idaho and Washington. The Canadian Lynx is rare in Utah and New England.

The appearance of a Canadian Lynx resembles a Eurasian Lynx: the fur is yellow or grey and may bear blackish markings. Lynxes hunt for hares, rodents and birds. In some areas the Snowshoe Hare is virtually the only prey of the Canadian Lynx.

The Newfoundland Lynx (Lynx canadensis subsolanus) is a subspecies of the Canadian Lynx. It is larger than the mainland lynxes.