Image of a A Female Lynx gazing intently

A Female Lynx gazing intently.

Sweden - Lynx

The Lynx is noted to be the biggest wild feline or cat animal in Europe, and is the third most common big predator in Sweden. Humans are the main predators, followed by brown bears. The nature of the lynx tends to be shy and they often evade being seen by people.

The furred lynx has black prints on its reddish brown coat and possess sharp teeth to rip meat. In winter the coat of this feline is changed to a silkier fur and is thicker while being coloured silver-grey to greyish-brown. The fur on the under parts of this feline, including its chin is always white.

Usually the lynx has a small bobbed tail that is coloured black at the tip. This largest Swedish feline can generally weigh about 15 – 30kgs (there are known heavier ones, specifically in and from Siberia), with males in the range of 18 to 30kgs and females between 8 to 21kgs.

There are different species of the lynx animal, it is the Eurasian lynx that is the biggest and found to be a native in the forests of Siberia and Europe, and also in South Asia and East Asia.

These feline creatures tend to mainly hunt and eat reindeer in the northern parts of Sweden and in the southern parts of the country it is roe deer that they tend to mainly hunt. Considered to be a skilful hunter, the lynx can eat a variety of animals from wild fowls to hares.

These wild animals are known to produce various sounds. They growl when angry, purr like a cat, make hooting sounds similar to an owl when mating, cry like a fox and mewl when afraid like a cat. Generally the lynx is considered to be a quiet animal making few sounds, except during mating season when it is more vocal.

The lynx has made its home across the country of Sweden, yet it is more common to find them in northern and central regions.

It is during the months of March and April, during spring, that the lynxes tend to mate. It is about two months later that the mother lynx will give birth to kittens (also called cubs).

Observation of the lynx has shown that it is not an aggressive animal that tends to attack people. It is generally when a lynx feels directly threatened or when a mother lynx senses a threat to her cubs that she may try defend, through attack.

While anyone may notice paw prints in the natural environment of Sweden, a print of a lynx can be distinguished from a print of a wolf. The toes of a lynx are placed or projected at varying distances forward and the actual paw print is round in shape.

From the year of 1991, this feline creature has been protected in Sweden. The hunting of these animals by humans is regulated by government agencies. All shot animals in Sweden have their bodies sent for analysis at the National Veterinary Institute. The skull is given back to the hunter at a fee;and the skin can be kept by the hunter if the police can attach a microchip or transponder to it. There are reported cases of lynx being killed while crossing roads and being involved in traffic accidents.

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