25 April 2011 Species Spotlight: Canada Lynx Posted by: Molly Edmonds | 1 comment | Share: Watch Feeling the Heat with Jeff Corwin to learn how climate change is affecting this cool cat. A glimpse of its stubby tail or tufted ears and you may mistake a Canada lynx for its bobcat cousin, but this big cat is more adept at navigating the deep, snow-packed forests of Canada and a handful of northern states, including Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Montana,Washington and Wyoming. These finicky felines can’t live just anywhere. They have very specific habitat needs: older forest with good cover for building dens and younger forest with thick vegetation for hunting prey such as snowshoe hare. A snowshoe hare’s fluffy white camouflage is no match for the lynx’s expert eyes and long, tufted ears. Unless the bunny makes a dash for it, that is, since lynx aren’t designed for endurance chases. You would think that those long legs would offer some benefit to make up for its strikingly odd proportions (smallish cat body with oversize limbs and massive feet). But they do come in handy in deep, fluffy snow, which offers an excellent advantage over competing predators such as coyote and bobcat. Combined with those big snowshoe-like paws, the lynx is like a four-wheel-drive vehicle — able to go where others dare not. The Canada lynx remains a threatened species in the lower-48 states, with only around 1,000 cats calling U.S. forests home. Unfortunately, climate change is making it tougher for them to survive. Loss of snow or changes in its density due to warming temperatures affects the lynx’s hunting abilities — as well as the number of snowshoe hares. Lynx Forest Home Faces a New Threat The Obama administration has proposed a new plan for our national forests, setting aside vital measures that have protected the homes of lynx and other imperiled wildlife since the days when Ronald Reagan was president. Don’t let President Obama turn back the clock for our wildlife. Urge federal officials to stand up for wildlife protections in our national forests. Plenty is at stake. The U.S. Forest Service manages 155 national forests and 20 grasslands spread across some 193 million acres nationwide. What You Can Do Tell the Obama administration that you want to protect wildlife such as lynx in our national forests. Take action yourself to stop climate change and help save vulnerable species like the Canada lynx. One Response to “Species Spotlight: Canada Lynx” Luisa May 9th, 2011 This amazing animals should be preserved and loved because they are unique. I wish I can see this cute lynx before he is extinguished. Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Wolves on the Move in Oregon; Another Mexican Gray Wolf Found Dead in Arizona – Poaching Likely; We’re Almost There! Combatting Anti-Wolf Propaganda in Washington; Public Comment Period Open on Rule Designating the Red Wolf as a State-Listed Threatened Species and Setting New Rules on Coyote Hunting in Red Wolf Reintroduction Area New record set for panthers killed on roads Last November, the death of a young Florida panther broke the all-time record set in 2012 of Florida panthers killed on roads. Will the Roadless Rule be Restored? We hope the Ninth Circuit will make the right decision to reinstate the Roadless Rule, giving the Tongass and its wildlife the protection it deserves.