My howls sound like those of the wolf and sometimes I even hunt young deer. That’s why I’ve been nicknamed ‘loup-cervier’ in French. In Scandanavia, they call me ‘wolf-lynx’. In Quebec, they should call me ‘hare-lynx’.
As a matter of fact, I am intimately linked to the snowshoe hare – my main prey. On average, I consume between 170 and 200 snowshoe hares each year! During winter, the snowshoe hare makes up at least 60% of my diet and sometimes as high as 90%.
I am very well equipped to run in the snow. I have an inclined stance with hind legs slightly longer than my front legs. So I am always ready to pounce on my prey. The pads of my paws are very large and furry – truly silent snowshoes! And yes, my tail really is short… it hasn’t been cut off. The long tufts on my ears look like paint brushes, don’t you think?
Total Length 73,6 cm - 1,07 m
Tail Length 5 - 13 cm
Weight M : 6,4 - 17,3 kg F : 4,9 - 11,8 kg
Record of 14 years in the wild and 26 years in captivity
Coniferous forests with dense underbursh
Snowshoe hares, red squirrels, voles, mice, chipmunks, birds, deer carrion
1 litter per year; 1 to 6 kits (3 to 4 on average)