Lynx behaviour and reproduction

The lynx is a nimble and stealthy predator. As a feline the lynx can see in the dark. Their eyes are large and their corneas are mirror-like. The lynx's hearing is very well developed, unlike its sense of smell, and it locates its prey primarily by hearing and sight.

A pair of lynx. One lynx is resting, watching the other scratching its chin with its hind leg. A pair of lynx. Photo: Vastavalo

Lynxes are loners except during mating season

Male lynxes have larger territories than females and the territories of male lynxes may overlap with those of several females. The lynx is the most active at dusk and at night, but it has been observed moving in the daytime as well. It prefers rocky and hilly terrain that is hard to reach and when threatened it can climb a tree.

The lynx's keen senses mean that humans rarely get to see it in the wild. The lynx has no natural predators, but it steers clear of wolves.


The female lynxes are in heat in February–March. The lynx's gestation period is 63–72 days and the usual litter size is 2–3 cubs. The cubs are dependent on their mother until the spring of the following year.