Canada Lynx


Known for being a single bonded and territorial animal, this beautiful cat is marketed to buyers in the United States along with bobcat ownership. An expensive, and often times illegal, private possession of the Canada Lynx, includes a dedicated lifespan of ~20 years in captivity. These cats are predictably dangerous as they mature and will attack in protection of what they perceive to be their “person” or territory. Though legal to own in some areas they are generally classified as inherently dangerous wild animals. Their razor sharp teeth and hooked claws can cause instant severe harm.


Jynx-the-Lynx arrived at Cat Tales in August 2020 after we were contacted regarding his lifelong owner and bonded caregiver, Jon, who had recently passed away.  A longtime friend of Jon’s who was the executor to Jynx’s care and placement, reached out to Cat Tales to find a forever home for this orphaned lynx. Upon arrival he appeared to be in quite good health, something that often is not the case when we receive rescues from the private sector. Jynx is exceptionally large for a Canada Lynx and has the attitude to match. Born 2007.


Sibella came to us at Cat Tales in September 2018 when she was four months old.  For her first months with us she lived in our nursery, being handled by a few dedicated keepers on a day-by-day basis to get her comfortable with health checks.  As her personality developed, she moved outside near our canines, and then more recently into the Small Cat Forest next to Jynx-the-Lynx.  Sibella has fully grown into herself!  She is a vibrant, curious little Canadian Lynx who loves to play with Jynx through their enclosure walls and follow our keepers around when they clean her house.  Sibella is loving her life in her new home! Born May 10, 2018.


Habitat: Dense boreal forests;
Lifespan: Wild 8-12 years; Captivity 18-22 years;
Diet: Carnivore;
Status: Least concern;

Interesting and little-known facts about lynx;

Lynx are medium-sized wild cats found throughout Eurasia and North America. There are four species of lynx: the Eurasian lynx, Iberian lynx, Canadian lynx, and bobcat.

Lynx are known for their distinctive tufted ears and short tails. They also have long legs and large, padded paws that help them navigate deep snow.

They are excellent hunters and have a varied diet that includes small mammals, birds, and sometimes deer or other larger prey.

Lynx are solitary animals and only come together to mate.

Lynx are very elusive and difficult to spot in the wild. They are also very vocal and can make a variety of sounds including growls, hisses, and meows.

Myths and Misconceptions:

Myth: Lynx are dangerous to humans.

Reality: Lynx are generally shy and avoid humans. They are not a threat to humans unless they feel cornered or threatened.

Myth: Lynx are a threat to pets and livestock.

Reality: While lynx may occasionally prey on small pets or livestock, they primarily hunt small mammals like rabbits and rodents.

Myth: Lynx are endangered.

Reality: While some species of lynx, like the Iberian lynx, are endangered, others like the Canadian lynx are not considered endangered.

Myth: Lynx are closely related to domestic cats.

Reality: While lynx belong to the same family (Felidae) as domestic cats, they are a distinct species with their own unique characteristics and behaviors.

Myth: Lynx are a type of bobcat.

Reality: While lynx and bobcats belong to the same family, they are distinct species with different physical and behavioral characteristics.


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