LYNX (Lynx lynx)
Lynx is our largest feline predator. Its coloring is reddish brown in the summer, more grayish in the winter. Underbelly is always white. The number of black spots varies from one individual to the next. Lynx has small, black ear tufts. Tail is short, 4 to 6 inches long (10 to 15 cm). Full grown adult lynx weighs 33 to 66 lbs (15 to 30 kg). The male is slightly larger than the female. Length is between 27.5 and 35 inches (70 to 90 cm), shoulder height is between 20 and 26 inches (50 to 65 cm).
Lynx has a litter of one to three cubs around the beginning of June. The cubs follow their mother for the next year to learn, among other things the secrets of foraging.
The lynx population has grown noticeably from the 60’s and the 70’s when the populations were at their lowest. Now there are close to one thousand lynx in Finland. The best areas for them are around Tampere, Häme, Savo, and Northern Karelia.
Feeding ecology and diet
Lynx is carnivorous. It forages all kinds of small game, such as hare, mice, fox, and birds, but it may also forage bigger game, such as reindeer and deer. It forages by lying in wait by forest paths, but may also run to catch prey. Lynx is very fast and muscular. Its sense of hearing is excellent, and it uses it to its advantage when hunting.
Habitat and other information:
Lynx is very timid with people, and coming across one in the wild is rare. Sometimes when food is scarce it may venture into populated areas and hunt for cats and dogs. Lynx thrives in rocky areas and in dense woods.