The Canada lynx (
) is the only species of cat found in Alaska. Although sometimes confused with the bobcat who ranges from southern Canada to Mexico, a few obvious characteristics set the two apart. The Canada lynx is distinct because of their large, furred feet that act as snowshoes to traverse deep snow and the thin, dark tufts on the tips of their ears. They have grizzled brown/gray fur and average between 15 and 30 pounds.
This species can be found throughout Alaska, Canada and small portions of the Northern United States. Their main prey is the snowshoe hare, being so dependent on them that when the hare population declines or increases, lynx populations follow a few years later. Canada lynx live in boreal forests populated with conifers, making much of Alaska and Canada prime habitat for this illusive species.