from 18 to 25 kg
from 60 to 70 cm at withers
from 80 to 110 cm
Convention of Washington
The lynx hunts to feed on deer, chamois or reindeer. It also adapts to hares, birds and small rodents.
The period of reproduction is from January to April.
REPRODUCTION - LIFESPAN
The young, generally 1 to 4 per litter, are born after a gestation period of 60 to 75 days.
A lynx can live 15 years.
LIFESTYLE - HABITATThe lynx is found in forest areas consisting of dense undergrowth from Scandinavia to Siberia and even northern China.
Currently it mainly finds refuge in the mountains.
In the 19th century, the European lynx was completely eradicated in France and it only remained in the Jura and the Alps in Switzerland.
distribution - numbers
At the start of the 20th century, the populations of lynx diminished everywhere in Europe: various studies estimated the population at about 4,000 individuals, more than half living in the Carpathian Mountains.
Populations of Eurasian lynx increased in the middle of the 20th century thanks to legal protection. There are 8,500 lynx in Europe.
In France, lynx can be seen in the Alps (northern French Alps) and the Jura (as a result of reintroducing them in Switzerland) and were reintroduced in the Vosges. At the end of 2004, there were between 135 and 180 animals.