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Canada Lynx: The Canada Lynx is specially adapted to hunting in snow. Without it, the Canada lynx can't hunt snowshoe hares, its primary prey. Deep snow typically excludes the lynx's main competitors — coyotes and bobcats — and its predator, the mountain lion, from its winter habitat. Less snow cover could mean more competition and predation from other carnivores.

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Canada Lynx live mainly in boreal forests or in mixed deciduous/boreal woodlands, but can live in farmlands if they are interspersed with wooded areas. They favor forests with dense undercover vegetation.

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The “Difference” between the Canadian Lynx and Bobcat

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Canada Lynx at Minnesota Zoo Saint Paul, MN - The Canada lynx or Canadian lynx is a North American felid. It ranges in forest and tundra regions across Canada and into Alaska, as well as some parts of the northern United States. By 2010, after an 11-year effort, it had been successfully reintroduced into Colorado, where it had become extirpated in the 1970s. In 2000, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the Canada lynx a threatened species in the lower 48 states.

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Canada Lynx and kitten in wildflowers in the Bridger Mountains in Montana. Photo by Daniel J. Cox

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Endangered Canada lynx are losing their habitat. Canada lynx are rare in the lower 48 states and stick to snowy, forested, northern regions where they can hunt snowshoe hares, their primary prey. Because of their unique habitat requirements, lynx populations are clumped into isolated ‘islands’ of forest habitat in parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Washington, Minnesota, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. They have been on the threatened list since 2000 as their numbers have…

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