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 Lynx (Lynx canadensis) Unique Facts

~ Population numbers linked to snowshoe hare cycle  ~

~ Sustainable legal trapping programs in Canada ~

~ Endemic to North America ~

Canada Lynx - Canadian Lynx - Lynx canadensis
Lynx canadensis Southern Yukon, Canada
By Keith Williams (on Flickr), [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) Classification

The 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)

Genus: Lynx

Species: Lynx canadensis (Canada Lynx)


Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) Subspecies (lower classifications)

Canada Lynx, also known as Canadian Lynx, are listed as Least Concern (LC) globally, but as "Endangered" and "Threatened" under local legislation in some parts of its southern range. Currently there are no recognized subspecies.

Reference: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. <> Lynx canadensis 23 May 2017.


Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) Conservation

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.


Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) Facts and Information

The following links will take you to websites with well researched and authoritative information on the Canada Lynx:

Recommended Books about all Wild Cats
Wild Cats of the World - Luke Hunter
Luke Hunter 2015
(general and academic interest)
The Wild Cat Book - Sunquist
Fiona and Mel Sunquist 2014
(general interest)
Small Wild Cats - Sanderson and Watson
J. Sanderson & P. Watson 2011
(general interest)
Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids
D.Macdonald & A.Loveridge 2010
(academic interest)
Wild Cats of the World - Sunquist
Mel and Fiona Sunquist 2002
(general and academic interest)