Canada lynx

The rarest of three cat species native to Washington, lynx have large feet and long legs that allow them to pad over deep snow. Lynx prey almost exclusively on the snowshoe hare, but they also eat red squirrels, small mammals, birds, and carrion. The cats prefer undisturbed subalpine and boreal forest in the mountains of north-central and northeastern Washington such as the eastern slopes of the Kettle Crest. Because lynx avoid openings, recent burns, open canopy and understory cover, and steep slopes, habitat fragmentation from natural and human-caused disturbances may be responsible for population declines of this elusive cat—it is estimated fewer than one hundred exist in the state.

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