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Iberian Lynx Lynx pardinus

Size: females 9 kg ( 20 lbs); males 13 kg (29 lbs). Habitat: Dense scrub. Primary prey: Rabbits. Conservation Status: Endangered. Principal threats: Reduction in the availability of prey; habitat loss. Distribution: Iberian peninsula. Notable Features: The Iberian lynx is about half the size of the Eurasian lynx and has always been restricted to the Iberian peninsula. Its primary prey, rabbits, have declined in numbers due to disease and this appears to be harming the lynx. *****************************

Eurasian Lynx Lynx lynx

Size: females 18 kg ( 40 lbs); males 22 kg (48 lbs). Habitat: Forest, scrub woodland, rocky hills. Primary prey: Deer, chamois, and hares. Conservation Status: Stable (vulnerable in some areas). Principal threats: Reduction in the availability of prey; deforestation. Distribution: Northern Europe, Russia, and central Asia. Notable Features: This is the largest of the lynxes and has one of the most extensive geographic ranges of all cat species. Unlike the Canada Lynx, the Eurasian Lynx prefers to take prey larger than hares, such as deer. ************************

Canada Lynx Lynx canadensis

Size: 9 kg (20 lbs) males 11 kg (24 lbs). Habitat: Boreal forest and dense woods within farmland. Primary prey: Snowshoe hares primarily. Canadian lynx will also take small rodents, squirrels, birds, and juvenile deer and caribou. Conservation Status: Stable (Vulnerable in some localities). Principal threats: Excessive hunting. Distribution: Canadian lynx are found throughout the boreal forest belt of North America, extending southwards to Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. Notable Features: Although similar in appearance to the bobcat, Canadian lynx have relatively longer legs and larger paws. Their densely furred feet can be up to 10 cm (4 inches) across and acts as snowshoes, allowing the lynx to move more easily in deep snow. *****************************

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