Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office

Midwest Region


Twin Cities Field Office

4101 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425
Phone: 612-725-3548
Fax: 612-725-3609
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Canada lynx ( Lynx canadensis)


The Canada lynx, a threatened species, is a cat of northern forests. With it's large paws and long legs it can outcompete the bobcat in areas with heavy snows. Snowshoe hare is the lynx's primary prey and lynx population size and range closely follows the population fluctuations of snowshoe hare. The population of both species tends to follow a ten-year cycle where numbers expand to a peak and then drop to a low, providing a good example of the predator-prey cycle. When hares are abundant, lynx populations expand, and when the density of hares is reduced, lynx populations shrink. For more on this subject see The Rise and Fall of the Canada Lynx and Snowshoe Hare.

Canada lynx

Photo by Dennis Donohue (copyrighted)


Canada Lynx Fact Sheet (2-page PDF)


Species Profile (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Endangered Species Website)


News and Other Information about Canada Lynx


Canada lynx study in and near Superior National Forest, Minnesota (National Resource Research Institute website)


Minnesota DNR - Canada lynx web pages


Links to sites with Canada Lynx Photos


Canada Museum of Nature - Canada Lynx


Mother Nature Network - Canada Lynx



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Last updated: August 6, 2015