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Photo by: Tom Tietz
 Lynx
 Lynx Canadensis

Habitat: Northern coniferous forests are the preferred habitat of the lynx. Uneven-aged stands with relatively open canopies and well-developed understories are ideal (Quinn and Parker 1987).

Diet: The principal food of North American lynx is the snowshoe hare, which composes 80 percent of the diet (Brand et al. 1976, More 1976, Nellis et al. 1972, Saunders 1963b). Other prey includes squirrels, beavers, muskrats, and even deer, caribou, and moose.

Description: The lynx is a medium-sized cat with long legs, large feet, and a short tail. The fur is long, dense, soft, and fine. The dorsal color is grizzled gray to reddish brown, often tinged with black. The legs, feet, and underparts are paler, buff to white. Although spotting may be present, it usually is more muted than in the bobcat. The ears have long, dark tufts and the face has a pronounced ruff of fur. The tail is short with a completely black tip. The hindlegs are slightly longer than the front legs. The paws are much larger than those of the bobcat and can support twice as much weight on snow. Measurements are: total length 670-1,067 mm; length of tail 95-125 mm; length of hindfoot 203-250 mm; weight 5-15 kg.

Range in Colorado: They now appear to be restricted to extremely isolated areas of the mountains of the central portion of the state.


Status: CDOW WRIS Species, Federally Threatened, State Endangered






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