The lynx is a solitary cat that haunts the remote northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Lynx have a short tail, characteristic tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears, large, padded paws for walking on snow and long whiskers on the face. Under their neck, they have a ruff, which has black bars resembling a bow tie, although this is often not visible.
Body color varies from medium brown to goldfish to beige-white, and is occasionally marked with dark brown spots, especially on the limbs. All species of lynx have white fur on their chests, bellies and on the insides of their legs, fur which is an extension of the chest and belly fur. The lynx's coloring, fur length and paw size vary according to the climate in their range. Size: head and body: 32 to 40 inches; tail: 4 to 8 inches and weight: 22 to 44 pounds.
Snowshoe hares are such an important source of food for Canada lynx that when hare populations fall, so does the number of lynx. (The number of lynx also rises when hare populations bounce back.)