Wildlife
Canada lynx

The Canada lynx

The Canada lynx

The Canada lynx or Canadian lynx is a North American animal of the cat family, Felidae. It is a close family member of the Eurasian Lynx. However, in several features the Canada lynx is more like the bobcat (Lynx rufus) than the Eurasian Lynx. With the familiar subspecies, it ranges across Canada and into Alaska as well as various parts of the northern United States.

With an intense silvery-brown coat, ruffed face and tufted ears, the Canada lynx look likes the other species of the mid-sized Lynx genus. It is bigger than the bobcat, with which it shares elements of its range, and over double the size of the household cat.
There had been discusses over whether to categorize this species as Lynx canadensis or Felis canadensis, element of a wider issue concerning whether the four species of lynx should be given their own genus, or be located as a subgenus of Felis, but the Lynx genus is now accepted. Johnson et al. report that Lynx shared a clade with the Puma, leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), and domestic cat (Felis) lineages, dated to 7.15 Ma; Lynx diverged first, approximately 3.24 Ma.