The lynx is a long-legged feline with a coat that can vary from grey to russet with black patches that resemble “dots” or “eyespots”. It has a rounded head and a short snout. Its ears have pointed tips with black tufts, and its short tail has a black tip..
Signs of presence and activity
Lynx tracks are round and similar to those of a cat, but much larger. The toes are asymmetrical and the claws are retractable, although they may be visible in the pawprint when the lynx is travelling on a slope or in the snow. The tracks generally follow a straight line, but it is not uncommon for an animal to veer off course to walk along tree trunks or walls. Wolf tracks, in comparison, follow a much straighter line.
Lynx droppings are made up of several characteristically interconnected segments with a diameter equivalent to a 2€ coin, and hairs can often be seen in the scat.
During the mating season in March-April (but not exclusively), the lynx marks its territory by urinating and rubbing the upper part of its neck on stumps, cut tree trunks, or wood cabins. This means that tufts of fur can be found between 50 centimetres and 1 metre off the ground. During this period, lynx also communicate much more frequently with one another, in particular with cries called ‘yowls’ which can be heard day or night.