Canada Lynx - Canadian Lynx (Lynx canadensis)
Lynx canadensis Southern Yukon, Canada
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The beautiful thickly furred Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) is one of the few cat species that still have healthy populations in its remote range in Canada. Nevertheless due to trapping for their luxurious fur, populations have declined in southern areas where they were less abundant and local protection measures have become necessary.

Canada Lynxes, sometimes called Canadian Lynxes, are endemic to North America and their numbers are intricately tied to population cycles of their primary prey - the snowshoe hare.

Lynx Lineage

1. Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

2. Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)

3. Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)

4. Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Unique Facts

~ Numbers linked to snowshoe hares ~

~ Legal trapping programs CA ~

~ Endemic to North America ~

Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) Classification

The Canada Lynx belongs to the genus Lynx and the full taxonomy or scientific classification of the Canada Lynx species (Lynx canadensis) is as follows:

Kingdom: Animalia (animals)

Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)

Class: Mammalia (mammals)

Order: Carnivora (carnivores)

Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)

Family: Felidae (cats)

Subfamily: Felinae (small cats)

Genus: Lynx

Species: Lynx canadensis (Canada Lynx)

Subspecies: none

The scientific name for the Canada Lynx is Lynx canadensis; which is also known as the binomial name, species name, Latin name, biological name or zoological name.

Lynxs of the World Print
Lynxes of the World Print by Roger Hall
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Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) by Sylvain Cordier

Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) Subspecies

Lower Classifications

The Canada Lynx is a monotypic species and as per the current Felidae taxonomy revision there are no recognized subspecies.

Canada Lynx Conservation

The global conservation status of the Canada Lynx, also known as Canadian Lynx, is Least Concern (LC), but the cat is listed as "Endangered" and "Threatened" under local legislation in some parts of its southern range.

The following organizations are involved in protecting the Canada Lynx by ensuring harvesting is sustainable in Canada, and to mitigate further declines due to excessive trapping, habitat destruction and fragmentation in its southern range.

International Society for Endangered Cats - Canadian Cats

National Wildlife Federation - Canada Lynx

Please support these organizations with their important work. No matter how small or large your contribution, every bit helps!

Canada lynx playing in snow by Peter Weimann

Wild Cats of North America Print
Wild Cats of North America by Roger Hall
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Canada Lynx Facts and Information

The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on the Canada Lynx: