Species Code: LYCA
Breeding Range Map
Lynx require a mosaic of mature (more than 200 years old), closed canopy, northern forest with a high density of downed logs, and stumps for denning, and early successional forest stages for hunting Snowshoe Hares, its principle food. Lynx occur in Washington from 4000 feet to treeline in the north central and northeastern parts of the state. In Okanogan County, they prefer Lodgepole Pine and Engelmann Spruce/Subalpine Fir forests. In the northeast, they use the same type of area but also Western Redcedar and Western Hemlock.
Core zones are the Interior Western Hemlock, Interior Redcedar, and Sub-alpine Fir zones. In the northeast Cascades, Interior Douglas-fir was also core. Good habitat is water/wetlands, all forests in the range, and shrubland. They may come down to lower elevations in the northeast Cascades in areas close to higher elevations. In areas where Lynx and Bobcat ranges overlap, the Lynx will be found in the deeper snow areas.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Mammal Volume by Dave Lester
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