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Lynx (Lynx lynx)

Lynx is a predatory mammal of the Cat family. It is the representative of the family, living at the northernmost latitude and inhabiting one of the largest areas. The lynx is the third largest predator in Europe and at the same time the largest cat on the continent.



The lynx is spread in forest and mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. It prefers dark forests, taiga, mountain, juniper and deciduous forests with dense undergrowth, forest-steppe and forest-tundra.

Lifestyle and nutrition

The "tassels" on the tips of the ears, the short tail and the body set on relatively long and thick legs give the lynx an interesting appearance. However, these are some of advantages for successful hunting and survival in harsh conditions.

Lynxes are nocturnal animals and very rarely hunt during the day. They sleep in thickets or other hidden places during the daylight hours. The adults live in seclusion. Lynxes are territorial animals that do not tend to make large migrations.

The first documented information about the presence of lynxes in Bulgaria dates back to 1862. After the end of the Second World War, the lynx disappeared from the Bulgarian nature and was listed as an extinct species in the Red Book of Bulgaria (1985). At the beginning of the 21st century, there have already been reliable reports of its return to the Bulgarian mountains.