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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lynx Spotting in Banff

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Banff National Park is not only famous for its jaw-dropping scenery, but also for its abundance of wildlife!

The usual suspect’s spring to mind when thinking about Canadian wildlife; bears, coyotes, elk. But less is heard of, or even known, about the more elusive inhabitants near your Banff hotel (and no we’re not talking about the long term human residents).

The lynx is one of the most elusive members of Banff National Park. Secretive and cautious by nature, the lynx usually inhabits the deeper parts of Banff National Park and remains a highly private creature.

This majestic mammal is identified through its beautiful thick fur, dark tipped ear tufts and large paws which act as their very own snowshoes during the winter months!

Wildlife Overpasses on the Trans-Canada Highway

The photo was recently captured by one of the many wildlife cameras set up by Parks Canada. What makes this snapshot so spectacular is where the photo was taken. The lynx in the photo is seen using one of the many wildlife overpasses in place to keep our animals off our roads. Usually one to shy away from the spotlight, the usually nocturnal lynx can be seen plodding along the overpass in daylight! Unfortunately their beauty means they are a prime target for poachers and are on the threatened mammals list.

We have posted the fantastic photo on our Facebook page and we are asking you to give him a name (it only seems right). Make it regal or cute. What do you think we should name the Banff lynx? Click here to add your suggestion!

Facts
Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Size: Head and body, 32 to 40 in (80 to 100 cm); Tail, 4 to 8 in (10 to 20 cm)
Weight: 22 to 44 lbs (10 to 20 kg)
Protection status: Threatened

All lynx are skilled hunters that make use of great hearing (the tufts on their ears are a hearing aid) and eyesight so strong that a lynx can spot a mouse 250 feet (75 meters) away. Canada lynx eat mice, squirrels, and birds, but prefer the snowshoe hare. These stealthy cats avoid humans and hunt at night, so they are rarely seen.
Enjoy the beauty surrounding your hotel in Banff.
Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff’s Finest Family Accommodation

Alison Jones - Alison@douglasfir.com

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