The lynx is our only cat and by far and away the most competent hunter among the large carnivores. Although it is frequently close to humans, the lynx is rarely seen. On this page, you can learn more about the secretive life of the lynx.
Latin: Lynx lynx.
Family: Cat family (Felidae)
Length: 80 – 130 cm.
Weight: Varies from 8 – 25 kg.
Breeding season: February – March.
Number of young: 1 – 4.
Lifespan: 10 – 20 years.
The lynx leaves with impressions made by four toes. The claws are not usually visible, being hidden in a fold of skin within the foot. The lynx has large feet in relation to body size, enabling it to move well in the snow.
How does the lynx live?
The lynx lives and hunts alone, but has to meet other lynx in order to mate and the female lynx has to raise the young. Although lynx have to interact with other lynx at times, they are regarded as solitary, meaning that they live alone.
What does the lynx eat?
The lynx is a skilled hunter and hunts a lot of different prey. Hares, forest birds and foxes can be the lynx's prey, but it's most important prey animals are roe deer in the south and reindeer in the north. The lynx can also kill sheep, especially lambs.
Where does the lynx live?
The lynx is a forest animal that is found in most of the country with the exception of West Norway. Lynx like to live on steep hillsides and inaccessible places, but can also be found not far from where we live. One of the lynx’s most important prey animals, the roe deer, is found in the cultural landscape.
How many lynx do we have today?
Before the 2020 lynx hunting season, there were estimated to be approximately 393 lynx in Norway. A total of 66,5 litters were recorded. The annual litter target is 65. This is the first time in eight years that the population surpasses the national population goals.