Churchill Photos of the Week – Lynx

These two lynx photos are spectacular and rare looks into one of the most majestic northern species of wildlife.

The lynx is a solitary animal roaming North America’s remote northern forests. Lynx have alluring thick fur that keeps them warm during extended frigid winters. Large furry paws, like the one visible in the first image above, contact snow with a spreading toe motion allowing them to function like natural snowshoes.

With this ability to move easily through snowy conditions, lynx are intrepid hunters that utilize astonishing hearing and eyesight. A lynx can spot a mouse at a distance of nearly 250 feet.

Canada lynx have a variety of small prey on their menu though they prefer the snowshoe hare. The lynx rely so much on this particular species that lynx numbers fluctuate with a cyclical plunge in the snowshoe hare population occurring about every ten years.

Lynx mate in late winter or early spring and following a gestation period of about two months and give birth to a litter of one to five young.

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