Canadian Lynx - Lynx canadensis

Weight: 30-65 pounds 
Head/Body: 40 inches 
Tail: 7 inches

Canadian lynx has fur which is frosted in appearance, and just a bit spotted, and the fur's color varies. It can be red-brown, or gray, and very rarely, what they call the blue-lynx. They have long back legs and a short tail, but their feet are fur-layered, making them look like snowshoes, which in fact they are.

Many people get confused in recognizing them (mistaking them for a bobcat), but they can be distinctively recognized by the tip of the tail. The Canada Lynx's tail tip is black all around, whereas the bobcat's tail tip has a white underside.

The Canadian lynx can be found in Alaska, Canada and some parts of the USA. Females give birth from one to as many as eight newborns. Weaning is at approximately three to five months, and an individual Canada Lynx attains sexual maturity after 2 years.

This lynx is solitary, except for a female with newborns. Their diet consists almost totally of snowshoe hare, and because the hare's numbers go up every decade, so do the numbers of the Canada Lynxes. If hares are nowhere to be found, desperation makes the lynx go after birds or rodents.

Indeed, trapping is still one of the major dangers to this lynx's survival, as this particular animal is easily captured. The future of these lynxes is not as in peril as other types of wild felines, according to some experts.

The debate continues on whether this lynx is a separate breed from the Eurasian type, or just a subspecies. The jury is still out on this matter, and the experts on both sides of the fence are equally divided.

The Canadian lynx is listed as Least Concern. It does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.