CANADIAN LYNX – Species Spotlight

CANADIAN LYNX – Species Spotlight


This is Dances With Wolves Big Cat Rescue’s resident Canadian Lynx. She’s also one of the oldest cats at the sanctuary. She’ll be turning 19 in July. The name Lynx comes from the Greek word “to shine” which is probably in reference to the reflective ability of the cat’s eyes. The Canadian Lynx looks very similar to its cousin the Siberian Lynx. Their dense fur ranges in color from a reddish brown to grey. They have a flared facial rough, black ear tufts and long hind legs with a short tail. Their large wide-spreading feet are covered in fur which act as snowshoes and are effective in supporting the cats weight on the snow. They are often confused with their smaller feline cousin the Bobcat, but can be easily distinguished by their tail tips. The tail of the Lynx looks as though it was dipped in an inkwell being black all the way around whereas the Bobcats tail appears to have been painted black on top and white on the bottom. They’re larger on average than the Bobcat yet vary less in size, so the largest Bobcats can outsize the Lynx. Canadian Lynx are found in the northern forests across almost all of Canada, Alaska as well as in certain parts of North America. They are secretive and mostly nocturnal animals although they may be active at any time of the day. Unlike any other species of cat the Lynx depends almost exclusively on the snowshoe hare. No other predator has such a strong cyclic prey base to which it has become uniquely adapted. The snowshoe hare population peaks every 10 years and with it so does the Lynx population. While Lynx will change their prey base when hares are low to include rodents, birds, larger prey such as deer, the overall Lynx population is still synchronous with the hare population. The greatest threat to the Canadian Lynx is being trapped for their fur and when this is done during low numbers it makes recovery of the population extremely difficult and of course just like all the other wild species of cats destruction of their habitat by humans is also a big concern. Dances with Wolves was rescued from a Game Farm. Game Farms are places where exotic animals are bred for photography and filming. These animals are often drugged and chained in place and surrounded by props that resemble their natural habitat. These are many of the photos that you see on calendars and in commercials. To find out more visit our website Big Cat Rescue dot org. You can help us change the way people treat big cats by going to BigCatAct.com and making the Call of the Wild. EDITED-DQ

100 thoughts on “CANADIAN LYNX – Species Spotlight

  1. Please visit our website to find out what Big Cat Rescue actually does to help these animals and please refrain from using swear words.

  2. We are a sanctuary for RESCUED cats, we provide them with a permanent home and the best life possible in captivity. They cannot be released into the wild, they would not survive and it would be against the law.

  3. I would brush that cat's fur if it were my cat. My big orange cats Leonidas and Apollo get fur mats on the middle of their back during the summer and like being brushed. I have them trained. I show them the cat brush and call them and they go out on the back patio and jump on the picnic table and lie down to be brushed. They like it, it feels good. I can get about a baseball sized ball of fur off of each one of them at a time. They look better as well and like looking sharp, all cats do!

  4. They are a lost smarter than you think they are, and know that you are trying to help them. I am a big strong guy and too big for them to mess with. I would be like "here kitty we are going to cut off some of those mats and brush you out", and she would lie down and let me help her. They are very smart!

  5. If I was a billionare I'd take big cat rescue to another level and make my own giant island in the middle of the atlantic and put siberian tigers there

  6. Do you know why this cat developed mats to begin with? Does that happen in the wild as well? Thank you and thanks for all you guys are doing for these animals!

  7. I suspect it's the Florida humidity that causes the matts. In Canada even old lynx don't have them. Severe matting can be very unhealthy to the skin.

  8. We try to give them the experience of being in the wild as closely as we can. We do NOT give them live prey.

  9. i think the liger species they have died in 2011 sorry 🙁

    i like ligers too but i think we should not breed this kind of animals cause they usually die in young age because of disorders

  10. I noticed that as well, but I quickly realized that they must have meant north America, as in the northern reaches of the United States of America, not the continent of North America.

  11. I remember visiting Big Cat Rescue on a school trip for biology in high school. I became an expert in dodging tigers from peeing on me between the enclosures. lol Keep up the great work!

  12. I'm sorry, Big Cat Rescue, but that is incorrect. I love that you save big cats from people who do not understand the commitment they are making when obtaining said animals. However, I don't believe it is ok to punish the people who DO understand the commitment and are experienced enough and dedicated enough to take care of these majestic and regal big cats. Especially in the case of Lynx and Bobcat. I know several people who have rescued and raised Bobcats and Lynx from kittens — and when

  13. and when bottle fed, they can grow up to be tamer then a domestic cat. So, Big Cat Rescue, I support your operation but I certainly don't agree with how you want to take peoples pride — no pun intended — and joy away from them by using propaganda to make people think that these cats would be happier in the wild, when in fact, these cats live longer and happier lives when in the care of an experienced and loving owner.

  14. There is very good logic showing regulations simply do not work. Please, go to BigCatRescue. org and click on the menu item "Abuse Issues" then scroll down and click on the link about "Why Regulations Can't Work".

  15. I'm sorry but the simple facts are bottle feeding them does not make them tame or domesticated. Sanctuaries are filled to the brim with 'former pets' whose 'previous owners' mistakenly thought that very same thing.

  16. you will never overpower their instincts, it does not matter what anyone says… dogs took THOUSANDS of years to domesticate from wolves, one cub won't magically be domesticated

  17. When I was 17 I was fishing at a pond by my house. I been there about 30 min when two does ran by me as fast as they could and at the time I couldn't figure out what was going on. 10 min later I heard foot steps in the leaves just out of my field of vision, so I turned to see what it was and immediately found out why the does were running, a lynx. He had found me and was stalking me. All I had was a fishing pole and I had to turn the table on him. Using the pole I chased him off. It was big!

  18. Some people cant handle normal cats, lynx would kill you while you sleep and than all your family just coz he cant stop killing. Surplus killing m8s.

  19. THANKS for rescuing!!! Public: please support Smart Growth rather than rampant, irresponsible Urban Sprawl which is decimating our forests, Endangered Species, threatens our drinking water and causes countless other problems. 

  20. That Canadian lynx is so adorable. I am in love with her eyes. I know it sounds crazy and rather dangerous but I feel like hugging and kissing that animal. 

  21. Big Cat Rescue thank you for sending that video. It is wonderful that you take care of animals. Your video almost made me cry. I wanted to be one of you. I wanted to join animal protection group. But I failed. Didn't have enough money, didn't have enough social support. And yes, I have to admit was and still is lazy and messy. I need to change myself for the sake of good.

  22. TODAY, December 2, 2014 YOU can help the cats qualify for additional prize funds up to $4,000 for the most donations received on this one day. http://bit.ly/1v6ca6j Help save big cats on Giving Tuesday with this link.

  23. The dreadlocks are due to the Lynx being declawed on all four paws; according to BCR, it can not groom itself properly. 

  24. Looks like a lion but smaller and with a bobbed tail and fur tufts on its ear.
    Lynxes are my favorite animal and I wish they were a more known species.

  25. Such a precious cat! It is really beautiful and it is criminal for them and any other cat to be mistreated. If I ever catch someone trapping or mistreating any animal, I will leave them with a lesson they would not soon forget.

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