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Eurasian Lynx

Lynx lynx

The lynx is Finland’s only feline species in the wild

Big and round paw marks on the snow and the loud caterwauling at night in the spring are telltale signs of a lynx’s territory. Lynx travel close to 20 kilometers in a single night, and their territories can exceed 1,000 square kilometers in size.

The lynx has been hunted to extinction in most parts of Central Europe. The species came close to extinction in Finland in the 1950s as well. Our new population of lynx was born from the offspring of wandering lynx from Sweden and Russia.

Lynx colorings

Lynx of different color patterns have their own monikers:
“The cat lynx” has the most spots.
“The fox lynx” only has spots on its legs.
“The wolf lynx” has large, indistinct color spots and two black lines on its back.

Young lynx like to live in groups. Old lynx are loners in the wild, but in zoos lynx couples can stay together all year round. Male lynx do not harm their offspring. They might even participate in caring for the young, although not as actively as the cubs’ mother. The estimated lynx population in 2012 was around 2,500 animals.

Conservation status

LC stands for “least concern.” The species is well-known, and the population is abundant or stable. In Finland, the species is classified as “vulnerable” (VU).

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