The lynx (Felis lynx or Lynx lynx) is a fierce cat that lives deep in pine forests and thick scrub of North America and Eurasia. Lynx are generally nocturnal (most active at night), but have peaks of activity at dawn and dusk. Lynx are preyed upon by cougars, coyotes, wolves, owls, and people. Lynx have a life span of 12-14 years. Lynx and bobcats are closely related. Lynx are an endangered species.
Anatomy: The Lynx has powerful jaws and long, pointed canine teeth. It has sharp, retractable claws, big ears, and a spotted coat. The brown eyes have circular pupils. Lynx have dark, beard-like side whiskers. Some lynx have tufts of hair on their ears. These powerful cats are from 2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 m) long (including the tail). The stubby tail is only 4 to 7 inches (10-18 cm) long.
Diet: The lynx is a carnivore (a meat-eater). It is a fast, solitary hunter that eats small mammals (like rabbits, hares, rodents, foxes, weasels, small deer), birds, and eggs. Lynx stalk their prey and then ambush it (they are not very fast runners). They can leap up to 10 feet (3 m). Lynx can often kill their prey in one powerful bite.