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13 animals of the Arctic

By: Caroline Inge on Nov. 22, 2011, 8:12 a.m.
Canada lynx walking through the snow

Photo: Keith M. Williams/flickr

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Canada lynx

The lynx is a lesser-known feline that is typically small in size. The Canada lynx has long legs and broad paws that make walking through thick snow easier. They primarily hunt snowshoe hares, a cousin of the Arctic hare.

The Canada lynx became extinct in Colorado in the 1970s, though the creatures were successfully reintroduced in the area. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has them listed as "threatened" in the lower 48 states.