These lynx are a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx and are found in the Carpathian mountain regions of Europe.
Lynx mainly prey on hares, rabbits, rodents and grouse. When food is scarce they will take on a larger animal, such a roe deer or even a reindeer.
Although part of the small cat family, these shy cats are powerfully built. They are not fast runners but with their ambush style they rarely have to bother – instead leaping metres from the treetops onto the backs of unsuspecting prey.
Gestation lasts from 67 to 74 days, and results in the birth of from one to four kittens. At birth, lynx kittens weigh 240 to 430 grams (8.5 to 15 oz) and are blind and helpless. They will typically remain with their mother until they are 10 months old.
This lynx was once common throughout Europe, but is now extinct in some areas. There have been some attempts to reintroduce the species to some areas, which have proved successful.
The Carpathian mountain range is a popular eco-tourist destination that requires careful management to prevent over-development. Lack of financial resources to enforce existing legislation leads to illegal logging, something which must be monitored to maintain a secure future for the Carpathian lynx.
- Latin Name: Lynx lynx carpathicus
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Felidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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