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The Lynx

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Luke Dobrovic

on 29 January 2014

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Lynx in the Food Web
Habitat of the Lynx
Lynx in the Nitrogen Cycle
Symbiotic Relationship - Parasitic
Scientists collected: They Found:
339 Fecal Samples
296 Intestines
82 Lungs

Human Impact
The Lynx
By Luke Dobrovic
What Do Lynx Eat?
Canada Lynx eat mice, squirrels, and birds, but their absolute favorite prey is the Snowshoe Hare.
Canada Lynx
Eurasian Lynx
Eurasian Lynx will usually eat small animals (like the Canada Lynx), and sometimes deer and other large prey
What Eat Lynx?
Lynx predators include wolves, fishers, bobcats, and coyotes

Taiga Temperatures

Low High

-65 F (-54 C)

30 F (-1 C)


20 F (-7 C)

70 F (21 C)

Lynx habitats:
Open forests
Rocky Areas
Forests with Dense Undergrowth
Fecal Samples
At least 6 different endoparasite species

Mean amount of parasite species per sample - 1.5

Range of amount of parasites species per sample - 0-4
At least 4 different helminth species per host

Mean amount of helminth species per sample - 2.0

Range amount of helminth species per sample - 1-4
Parasite - An animal or plant that lives or on another animal or plant and gets food or protection from it

Endoparasite - parasites living inside the host's body

Helminth - parasitic worm

Pulmonary - having to do with the lungs
Behavioral Adaptations
Mating, Life Expectancy, & Offspring
Mating Times -

L. Lynx -February/March
L. Pardinus - Mostly in January
L. Rufus - November to August
L. Canadensis - Not known

Young Lynx start to eat normal food at around 5 months after birth
Lynx stay with their mothers during their first winter, and leave their mom and siblings afterwards
Life Expectancy

L. Lynx - over 26 years in captivity
L. Rufus - over 32 years in captivity
Hunting & Other
Lynx are/have/use:
Very good climbers and swimmers
Excellent hearing and eyesight
Able to hunt at night/Nocturnal
Solitary animals
Hunting Strategies
Claws and teeth in fights
Territorial - Mark their territory
Example in Sweden -
Hunting and Deforestation force Lynx to migrate north.

Lynx then die due to harsh living conditions -
Low amounts of food/prey
Much too cold for Lynx kittens to survive
Potential solution:

Raise awareness to the habitat and hunting problem
Stop deforestation of the Lynx' habitat and place a quota on how many Lynx can be hunted in each season
Reforest the Lynx' habitat
Breed and reintroduce Lynx to their original habitat
Monitor Lynx' progress in the wild

Lynx So Far

Lynx are under government protection, with around 100,000 Eurasian Lynx in Russia and Asia today. Lynx have been released back into the wild in Austria, Switzerland, and Slovenia.
Most endangered species today - Spanish Lynx, 1,200 animals in the wild (range map below)
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