Lynx Lynx lynx

The lynx is a solitary cat. It hunts at night and stealthily avoids humans, so is rarely seen. It is the third largest predator in Europe, after the brown bear and the wolf.

Lynx will normally feed on deer, mountain hares and other small mammals.


It hunts at night and stealthily avoids humans, and so is rarely seen.


The lynx has a short body, long legs and large feet. It has distinctive triangular ears with black tufts at the tip. Lynx have sharp, strong, hooked claws and a short black-tipped tail. They are spotted cats, with long light-coloured fur which gets shorter and thinner in the summer.

Length: 3 foot (1m) Weight: 18-27kg, males larger than females. Average Lifespan: 10-15 years.



The Eurasian lynx can be found in 46 countries in Europe, northern Asia and the Middle East.

It is thought that the lynx became extinct in the UK in the medieval period. This is likely to have been caused by habitat loss through deforestation, overhunting of deer as well as persecution and hunting of lynx.

When to see


Lynx have very good eyesight and can spot a mouse up to 250 feet (75 metres) away. They also have an excellent sense of hearing.

Some scientists think that their ear tufts act like whiskers and the lynx can use them to feel things around them.

Common name


Species name

Lynx lynx

IUCN Red List status

Least concern

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