The fierce stare of a cougar. The long legs of a lynx. The agility of a bobcat.
Come discover three native wild cats of the Pacific Northwest.
WHAT: A large cat with russet to gray coat, large yellow eyes and a long, heavy tail. Size varies depending on sex and geographic origin.
WHERE: Mountain, desert and forest from Canada to Chile.
SIZE: Length 7-9.5 ft.; height 2-3 ft.; weight 75-200 lbs.
EATS: Deer, elk, small mammals, birds and reptiles.
BABIES: Breeding any time of year. After a 3-month pregnancy, females give birth to a litter of 1-5 spotted kittens, weighing only a few ounces.
FUN FACTS: Cougars are usually solitary, stalking and sometimes ambushing their prey.
Their territory can stretch up to 350 square miles or more, depending on availability of large prey.
Cougars are powerful runners, leapers and climbers, adapted to habitat from forest to desert.
They are very vocal, producing a variety of screams, growls, mews, hisses and even a purr like a housecat – but louder.
WHAT: A medium-sized cat with short tail and long legs. Canada lynx have huge feet and protruding ears tipped with long black hairs. Their long fur is silvery-gray to buff, with darker stripes on side and chest and dark spots on belly and inside forelegs.
WHERE: Boreal and coniferous forests across Canada and northern U.S.
SIZE: Length 2.5-4 ft.; height 19-22 in.; weight 18-24 lbs.
EATS: Snowshoe hare, plus small mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and occasionally deer.
BABIES: Breeding from March-April. After a 2-month pregnancy, females give birth to a litter of 1-8 kittens weighing only a few ounces.
FUN FACTS: Canada lynx rely on healthy snowshoe hare populations for survival.
They have few vocalizations, except the bird-like call of breeding females.
The lynx’s large paws support it like snowshoes when walking over deep snow. Not a fast, long-distance runner, it usually ambushes or silently stalks its prey, relying on a surprise rush for capture.
WHAT: Also called a wildcat, bobcats can be light brown, gray or black with spots or streaks. They have a short tail with black tip, and ears with tufty black hair at the tip and white on the back.
WHERE: Almost everywhere in North America.
SIZE: Length 2.5-3.5 ft.; height 12-24 in.; weight 15-21 lbs.
EATS: Small mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and occasionally deer.
BABIES: Breeding from February-March. After an 8-week pregnancy, females give birth to two or three kittens weighing about ½ lb.
STATUS: Least concern.
FUN FACTS: Bobcats are territorial and solitary, hunting at twilight (crepuscular) or night (nocturnal).
They communicate with a range of vocalizations similar to domestic cats. During breeding season, females are especially vocal.
Bobcats are excellent climbers and spend a lot of time in trees.
Omak was a Colorado guy who came to Northwest Trek as a youngster in 2014. Nuka swung into town in 2018, a female originally intended to be his mate. Now, finally, both Canada lynxes are together on exhibit – but just as companions. And they’re getting along extremely well. “Nuka and Omak were first introduced behind the scenes and over time became comfortable together” said Withers. “Guests can often see them on opposite sides of the habitat, but they don’t seem to mind sharing the space. Sometimes they even share enrichment items!” Change of Plan Originally, the plan was to …
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