Common Mammal Species of Northwestern Ontario





Lynx canadensis


Distinguishing Features - Overall colouration, varied, from bluish-gray to yellowish-brown; underparts, buff colour. Blackish stripes on forehead and on prominent ruff around neck; Tail, short with black tip. Ears, pointed with long black tufts. Feet, large coated with dense coars hairs.

Lynx Size -
Male: .75 - 1.05 m (2.5 - 3.5 ft)
Female: .75 - .96 m (2.5 - 3.2 ft)


Throughout Northwestern Ontario, primarily in dense mixwood forests with thick undergrowth. Also found in rocky forest areas.


Like its cousin, the bob cat, the lynx is usually found where there is an abundant supply of snowshoe hares. It will also feed on smaller rodents, ruffed grouse, reptiles and insects. It is also capable of taking down a smaller white-tailed deer on occasion.


The lynx is much better suited to deep winter snow than the bobcat. It's long legs and wide paws make it an active and agile hunter that can cover a wide range of the boreal forest. The lynx is a shy, solitary cat and, with the exception of a mother with young, does not hunt with others.

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