The Canada Lynx is one of Canada's three large cat species and one of four species of Lynx worldwide . It is a solitary, not often seen, forest-dwelling large cat that is active at dawn and dusk. It is a distinctive species, with a silvery brown coat, long legs, broad furred feet, short tail with black tips, ruffed face, and long tufts of hair on its ears (Hatler et al. 2008, Wikipedia 2021
). It may be confused with the smaller Bobcat (Lynx rufus
), although bobcats are usually (though not always) smaller than lynx and have distinctive black bars on the forelegs which are absent in lynx (Wikipedia 2021).
The Canadian Lynx is found across most of Canada and in Alaska, Montana, Vermont, Idaho, Washington, and Wyoming. It is rare in Utah, Minnesota, and New England. In BC, the Lynx is found throughout most of the mainland of the province, but is not found on the coastal islands (Hatlet et al. 2008).