Lynx photo by Maggie Purves

Although the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is a common denizen of the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada, its distribution extends more sparsely southward into the U.S. Rocky Mountains. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the lynx as threatened in the contiguous U.S. in 2000. Improving the prospects for lynx recovery requires protecting the habitat of its primary prey, the snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), a species that is most abundant in forests with dense understories.

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Updated 8/18/10