Canada Lynx Fact Sheet

Class: Mammalia 
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Lynx
Species: canadensis (Canadian lynx)
Life span:

About 12 years in the wild; up to 26 years under human care

Gestation: 56 to 70 days
Number of young at birth: 1 to 5 kittens, with 2 to 4 being most common
Age of maturity: About 2 years for females, 2.5 years for males
Size: 26 to 42 in, tail length 2 to 5 in
Weight: 10 to 38 lbs
Size at birth:  4.5 to 15 oz depending on species
Description: Known by the tuft of black hair on the tips of its ears and its short, or bobbed tail. Canadian lynx specifically has a unique black tail tip as well as extremely thick, light brown or gray fur with light spots.


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  • Found in North America
  • Canadian lynx live in dense forests where their main prey item, the snowshoe hare is found. When the snowshoe hare population drops so does the Canadian lynx population.
  • Canadian lynx are nocturnal
  • The lynx is a stalk and ambush hunter
  • Males are slightly larger than females