What Are Some Interesting Facts About Lynx?


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Different species of lynx live in many parts of the forested northern regions of North America, Europe and Asia. This elusive cat has long, pointed ears and a short, stubby tail, much like its close relative, the bobcat. Lynx, however, live in a more restricted mountainous terrain than bobcats.

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What Are Some Interesting Facts About Lynx?
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Lynx often live in cold regions that receive a lot of snow in winter. Because of this, they possess special adaptations that enable them to get around with ease in such an environment. In addition to a thick coat, the lynx has large paws that function like snowshoes, spreading out as the animal runs through the snow. This allows the lynx to pursue other winter-adapted animals such as the snowshoe hare. The creature also possesses strong eyesight and keen hearing, enabling it to locate a creature as small as a mouse 250 feet away.

Lynx are about 32 to 40 inches long, and weigh about 22 to 42 pounds. Their tails are a mere 4 to 8 inches long. The Eurasian lynx is larger than its American cousin, the Canadian lynx.

Human hunters pursue the lynx for its rich coat. As a result some populations, such as Spain's Iberian lynx, are under threat of extinction.

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