Lynx (Lynx lynx)

The lynx (Lynx lynx) is the only wild feline species in Finland. As is typical of feline animals, it is the most predator-like of our large carnivores. Its diet consists almost entirely of mammals and birds. In ages past the lynx was usually only noted for its valuable fur.

The beautiful, spotted fur of the lynx has been a well sought after and pricey luxury item in Scandinavia since the Middle Ages. In the summer the lynx's coat is a reddish grey but in the winter it turns into a grey-white colour. The fur has brown or black spots and streaks in it. In the Middle Ages it was believed that there was no such grief that the beautiful fur of a lynx couldn't assuage.

Description of the lynx

The lynx is the most predator-like of our large predators. In the summer the lynx's coat is a reddish grey but in the winter it turns into a grey-white colour. The fur has brown or black spots and streaks in it. The lynx's legs are relatively longer than those of domestic cats and it has the ability to withdraw its claws like other felines. It uses its claws when hunting and climbing trees. Generally the claws are not visible in the lynx's tracks, but it might use its claws for additional support on hard snow.