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Iberian Lynx
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Lynx pardinus
Information
Range

Spain

Estimated
Population

Decreasing

Scientific Classification
Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Family

Felidae

Genus

Lynx

Species

L. pardinus

Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
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Endangered

The Iberian lynx is a wild cat native to Spain. It is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.[1]

Characteristics

Iberian Lynx are similar in appearance to Eurasian lynx but smaller. They have the characteristically bobbed tail, tuffed ears and jaws, spotted coat, muscular body, long legs and quick reflexes.

Habitat

The majority of the Iberian lynx populations are restricted to limited areas in southern Spain, an area of about 14,000 km2 (540 sq miles).

The Spanish populations live in controlled hunting zones called ‘cotos’. Although endangered, these animals are still on the offensive animal list and may be shot on sight, except for when they range within National Parks and reserves. The lynx living in Portugal are thought to number only about 50 animals.

Diet

Iberian lynx usually hunt rabbits, birds, and fish, but also can take young deer. In some of their range, they will hunt larger ungulates as much as three to four times their own size, most notably reindeer.

Conservation Status

The main reasons for the declining of this species are due to hunting and habitat shrinking. Lynxes are still trapped, and some are killed on roads.

Currently the Spanish government is attempting to set up a permanent and protected area for this lynx. Studies of these animals, with the help of radio collars, are giving researchers an idea of the total ranges of the lynx.

References

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