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. The lynx will normally feed on deer, mountains hares and even moose. In the summer, lynx are more likely to prey on small mammals and domestic sheep. 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 hunting and loss of habitat thanks to the intensification of farming practices.
The lynx has a short body, long legs and large feet. It has distinctive triangular ears with black tufts at the tip. Some scientists think that these tufts act like whiskers and the lynx can use them to feel things around them. 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: 30kg Average Lifespan: 10-15 years.
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.