Lynxes Are Found In North America, Europe, and Asia

by OBDK on September 24, 2022
Lynxes are elusive, solitary cats that can be found in North America, Europe, and Asia. The species found in North America is the Canada Lynx – and it’s smaller than the ones found in Europe or Asia.1 
They have dense fur all over their bodies, including their paws. This helps them keep warm in the winter and walk over the snow without a problem.1&2 They tend to spend their time in remote forests and hunt at night. They’ll go after squirrels, birds, and snowshoe hares. The last is a favorite of the Canada Lynx and their population will actually change and depend on the population of the snowshoe hares.1 
When Lynxes mate, females end up giving birth to 1-6 offspring after two months. Usually, lynxes will live to be about 13 years old in the wild, although the Eurasian Lynx has a shorter lifespan than that.1&2 
The Canada Lynx is labeled as Least Concern by the IUCN, but within the US, it’s considered Threatened. Depending on the region where these lynxes live, they may face more or fewer threats like logging, agriculture, cars, and traps. Those that live farther north tend to have a healthier population size than those that live in more southern areas.2 
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