Lynx Adoption Kit
Canada lynxes have unusually large paws that act like snowshoes in very deep snow, thick fur, long ear tufts and a short, bobbed tail. Lynxes need mixed habitats that include younger forests with thick vegetation – ideal for hunting small prey – and older forests with a full canopy and good cover for denning. Generally solitary creatures, lynxes usually hunt and travel alone while seeking out their favorite snack: snowshoe hares.
Though lynxes have been protected from hunters since their listing under the Endangered Species Act in 2000, these cats continue to face threats from habitat loss and climate change. Logging, road-building, and oil and gas drilling all degrade and break up lynx habitat. In addition, climate change is leading to less predictable winter snowpack, making it harder for lynxes to compete with other predators – like coyotes and bobcats – that aren’t as highly adapted for snowy conditions.
Your adoption supports our work to protect rare and dwindling habitats like the pristine wilderness that lynxes prefer. It also helps support citizen science projects that monitor the behavior and population health of mid-sized carnivores like lynxes and wolverines.