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Canada lynx

Lynx canadensis Number in Yellowstone Few; 111 known observations in entire park history.

Where to see

• Very rarely seen.

• Typical habitat: cold conifer forests.

Behavior and Size

• Adult: 16–35 pounds, 26–33 inches long.

• Gray brown fur with white, buff, brown on throat and ruff; tufted ears; short tail; hind legs longer than front.

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• Distinguish from bobcat: black rings on tail are complete; tail tip solid black; longer ear tufts; larger track.

• Wide paws with fur in and around pads; allows lynx to run across snow.

• Track: 4–5 inches.

• Solitary, diurnal and nocturnal.

• Eats primarily snowshoe hares, especially in winter; also rodents, rabbits, birds, red squirrels, and other small mammals, particularly in summer.


After a four-year research project to document the number and distribution of lynx in the park, completed in 2004, researchers confirmed lynx existed and reproduced in the central and eastern portions of the park.

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