Rare in the lower 48 states, the shy, stealthy lynx (also known as the Canada Lynx) stalks the mountainous forests of the northern United States and Canada for hare, birds, and other small prey. Equipped with big, padded paws that serve as snowshoes, the lynx relies on its excellent sense of smell and sight to hunt their prey on snowy terrain. Active mainly at night, lynx are generally secretive, solitary animals, but sometimes small groups of lynx can be seen traveling together and females and cubs sometimes hunt in a coordinated fashion.
Global warming, however, may spell dire consequences for the lynx as diminished snowfalls allow other predators that usually shun deep snow, such as coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions, to move in and squeeze the lynx out of its native habitat. Diminished snowfalls will also impact snowshoe hare populations, which are the most important sources of food for lynx, accounting for 60-97% of their diet.
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