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Canada Lynx

Canada Lynx

Photo by Keith Williams

The Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is a medium sized cat, similar to the bobcat. The lynx is secretive and lives in the forests of northern latitudes and high mountains. The lynx’s long legs and big feet act as snowshoes as it hunts its primary prey, the snowshoe hare. In most places the lynx is so tied in with the snowshoe hare that the lynx population rises and falls with the hare population.

The primary threats to the Canada lynx are deforestation, lack of habitat due to human dwellings, and poaching. Due to their secretive natures, there are no reliable estimates of their population. In March of 2000, thanks to pressure from concerned citizens and environmental groups, lynx populations in the United States received protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Amazing New Cat Discovered in Nepal

Researchers studying snow leopards in Nepal via night vision cameras have made a remarkable discovery: a cat species they’d never seen before!

The small feline, about the same size as a domestic house cat, was caught on film by by camera traps between 4,200 and 4,600 meters above sea level. The research team got as many as 14 pictures between 2012 and 2013, while the cat was prowling the rocky mountainside at night in search of food.

Pallas's Cat caught on camera in Nepal.

Pallas’s Cat caught on camera in Nepal.

According to Bikram Shrestha, coordinator of the Snow Leopard Conservancy program, the cat is not an entirely new species, but one never before seen in Nepal. “It has no Nepali name for it is completely a new animal to the country. We came to know the new animal to be Pallas’s cat after comparing photographs with similar species found in other parts of the world.”

Pallas cat residing at Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Smarden, Kent.

Pallas’s cat residing at Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Smarden, Kent.

The Pallas’s Cat, also called the manul, is found throughout central Asia. All Pallas’s Cat subspecies are listed under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. “Other areas in Nepal also have the possibility of Pallas’s cat. So, an in-depth study is needed regarding this new species,” said Shrestha.

Very exciting!

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