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Not a Pussy Cat

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This image of a Lynx was captured about 40 km south of Whitehorse, Yukon. A nocturnal species of the boreal forest, they are rarely seen. Unfortunately this year, their main food, the Snowshoe Hare is at the bottom of an 8-10 year cycle and scarce. The Lynx are hungry and forced to move constantly in search of a meal. Talk about an 'attitude problem', this one looked at me as if to size me up for a meal as he passed. He was on a frozen lake trying to cross when he saw a group of skiers and dogs on the other side, forcing him to turn around and come back right past me. I was in the forest on the lake shore, having just recovered from falling in a deep snow drift over my excitement at possibly photographing a Lynx.

 

Lynx have a silver-grey coat in winter that is highly prized by trappers. In summer their coat is more orangy-brown. Note the short tail, the beard, ear-tufts, wide hairy paws that act as snow-shoes and the long rear legs that aid in pouncing on their prey. The longer tufts on the ears and tail colouration help differentiate the Lynx from their southern cousins, the Bobcat.

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Taken on March 21, 2010