Lynx canadenis

This elusive feline is the only wild cat found in Alaska and averages 18-40 lbs (8-18 kg). Lynx distribute their weight on crusted snow with large, fuzzy paws that act like snowshoes to keep them from sinking in deep snow.

   Long, powerful legs help the lynx keep up with their preferred food, snowshoe hare. During times of hare scarcity, lynx may travel hundreds of miles to find more plentiful prey. The hare population peaks every 8-11 years allowing lynx populations to grow. Likewise, when the population of the hare crashes, the lynx population follows.