Lynx

Trichechus manatus latirostrus

A medium-sized cat characterized by its long ear tufts and short (bobbed) tail with a black tip, the lynx has unusually large paws that act as snow shoes in very deep snow.

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Height Around 2 feet
Length 2 ½ – 3 feet
Weight 18-23 lbs (Their thick fur and long legs make them appear larger than they really are).

Lifespan 10-15 years

Diet

Staples Snowshoe hares. Lynx are specialized hunters and can survive only where there are adequate hare populations.
Also known to occasionally prey on mice, voles, grouse, ptarmigan, and red squirrel.

Population

In the lower 48 states, as few as 700 to 1,200 lynx exist.

Habitat

Lynx have complex needs for habitat. They require a mosaic of forest types, including young trees for hunting snowshoe hares and old-growth trees for their dens.

Range

The lynx historically occupied four geographically distinct areas within the continental United States. These areas included the Northeast, the Great Lakes states, the northern Rocky Mountains/ Cascades and the southern Rocky Mountains. Lynx today are known to occur only in Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho and possibly in Michigan. A recent reintroduction program has reestablished a population in Colorado.

Behavior

Generally solitary animals, lynx usually hunt and travel alone and are slightly more active at night than by day.

Reproduction
Mating Season
 March to April
Gestation 63-70 days
Litter Size Average of 4 kittens
Kittens stay with their mother for the first year while they learn to hunt.