Thursday, January 24, 2013

Canada Lynx: The Ghost Cat of the North

Of the four existing species in the genus Lynx, two live in North America. One is the bobcat, the other is its furry northern cousin, the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). The Canada lynx ranges across Canada and Alaska, with smaller populations extending into Montana, Maine, and several other states. Although the Canada lynx is usually larger than a bobcat, their ranges overlap and they sometimes interbreed. They also overlap with mountain lions, but a mountain lion will kill a lynx. Read more about the Canada lynx in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

Photo credit: Flickr user Keith Williams.

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