The Eurasian lynx is the largest of cats in Europe and is only smaller than brown bears and wolves of all predators there. Their winter coats are longer with silver-gray, yellowish-gray, dark gray, grizzled grayish-brown, or ashy blue. During summer, the coat is brownish or reddish and much shorter. The marking on their bodies also varies between individuals; some have very clear black spots, some have narrow stripes, and others have almost no spots.
They are strictly carnivores and often eat roe deer, musk deer, chamois, rabbits, rodents, birds, hares, and red foxes. During winter, they may also prey on reindeer and elk. Instead of chasing their prey, they ambush it using the element of surprise.
Feb 2023: The future of the endangered Eurasian lynx in France is uncertain, as there is a real possibility that they may not recover fully and might face extinction.
Feb 2023: UK Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey has voiced her opposition to the reintroduction of lynx and wolves to England, effectively putting the proposed reintroductions on hold. Coffey has stated that she does not believe the reintroduction of these species to the English countryside is necessary or beneficial.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No