Interesting facts about the Canadian lynx

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We’ll tell you interesting facts about the Canadian lynx.

Canadian Lynx Spreading

The Canadian Lynx lives in wooded areas of Alaska, Canada, and California (USA).

The appearance of the Canadian lynx

This species of lynx is half the size of the Eurasian lynx, its weight is 8-14 kg, body length is 86-117 cm, height in the crest is 60-65 cm. Like all lynxes, the Canadian look has long fur on the sides of its face, black fur tassels on its ears and a short tail with a black tip.

The color of the wool is reddish, white marks are scattered along with the main background, which gives the impression of being covered with snow. There are no spots, and if there are, they are light and it is difficult to distinguish between them in the main color. There is a white spot on the back of the black ears, as many cats. There is an unusual color of “blue lynx”, in which the fur is very light, almost white. Lynx’s paws are long, the foot is wide.

North American lynx is easy to distinguish from short-tailed cats on the tail: it has the entire tail tip is black, while the cats have the end of the tail is black only on top, and the lower part of the tail end is white. The lynx also has a wider foot, thicker fur on its face, longer paws and longer tassels on its ears.

Diet and feeding behavior of the Canadian Lynx

Lynx is fed exclusively by hares, so it is found in hare habitats, and the population of lynx is fully dependent on the growth or decline of the hare population. In addition to the main diet are small rodents, red deer, and other animals, but the basis of the diet is hares.

The activity of the Canadian lynx

The Canadian lynx leads a daytime lifestyle and also hunts during the day. They prefer to live alone, except during the period when females breed.

The breeding of the Canadian Lynx

After 63-70 days of pregnancy, the female gives birth to 1-8 kittens, the number of which depends on how well the mother is provided with food. Their eyes are open on the 10th-17th day, and on the 24th-30th day, they can already leave the den. The mother feeds them milk for 3-5 months, young lynxes reach the age of 23 months, but they can start breeding already at the age of 10 months if there is plenty of food.

The lifespan of the Canadian Lynx

In natural conditions, they live up to 15 years.

Interesting facts about the Canadian lynx

Canadian lynxes are at risk of extinction due to the destruction of their habitats. Many lynxes get into traps, these animals are the object of hunting, their fur is valued. These animals are listed in the II CITES, it is believed that their number does not exceed 2000.

Specialists believe that the lynx living in Newfoundland should be considered a separate subspecies of Lynx canadensis subsolanus.

There are two subspecies of Canadian lynx:

Lynx canadensis Canadensis Kerr, 1792, inhabits most of North America.

Lynx canadensis subsolanus Bangs, 1897, inhabits the island of Newfoundland.

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