I am an animal advocate. I don’t preach on the streets, I don’t deny being oblivious at one point to the maltreatment that is now in the open, and I admittedly speak my mind when humans disgust me regarding wildlife. My new section on the blog is to bring forward ethical ways to see animals, where they are not harmed, stressed, or under duress. It makes my blood boil to read of trophy hunters, bull fights and other activities that hurt animals. We as the human race need to get off our high horse and fix the mess we have made with the planet and show the other animal species that we care. The next installment is an animal close to me from my homeland of Canada- the Canadian Lynx.

Canadian Lynx
Canadian Lynx

Lynx Facts:

  • They can weigh up to 40 pounds! That seems small for a big cat, but they are so darn cute aren’t they!?
  • The Lynx’ forelimbs are shorter than the back legs so that their backs slant.
  • Canadian lynx have 28 teeth total.
  • Habitats include Northwest Territories, Yukon, Cape Breton Highlands, Alaska
  • Snowshoe hares are the lynx main source of food.
  • The main reason the Canadian Lynx dies is for its fur. Second is displacement from habitat.
Canadian Lynx
Canadian Lynx
Credit: Michael Zahra

How to See a Canadian Lynx Ethically

So the Canadian lynx is hunted for its fur. Such a terrible thing. Why do humans need furs? Canadian lynx should live freely in their habitat enjoying life, doing all their natural behaviours. They should not be stressed or scared from hearing a gunshot or stepping ill-fatedly into a trap. If you wish to see a Canadian lynx ethically, consider a trip up to the Yukon Canada. The most dense population of the Canadian lynx can be found here.

Your best bet is to take a canoe out and see them from that vantage point. If there are a lot of snowshoe hares in the area, than you will have a better chance of spotting one of the most elusive wild cats in the world. Other than this, your chances of seeing the Canadian lynx outside of captivity are low.

Yukon, Canada
Yukon, Canada

How You Can Help the Canadian Lynx

As the Canadian Lynx numbers in the wild have dwindled thanks to hunting, habitat displacement, and global warming, there are ways we as humans can help these animals get through the mess we have caused them. Here are the ways you can help:

  • Adopt one symbolically! This donation of roughly $50 will help the World Wildlife fund preserve habitats and conservation efforts.
  • Speak up! Become an advocate and put your efforts and views in writing to conservation companies, governments, and other bodies with power.
  • Support Canadian tourism. Take a trip to Yukon and should you take photographs of the Canadian Lynx, sell them with a percentage of the profits going to Canadian Lynx conservation efforts.
  • Only support zoos that have the Canadian Lynx well-being at heart. I am not a fan of zoos that clearly do not help animals, that have teensy enclosures, and are only in it for profit. The Toronto Zoo is NOT that way. They have incredible research efforts in place and have assisted with so many animals going back into the wild, saving them from extinction.
  • You can adopt a Canadian Lynx with the Toronto Zoo as well. I am not an affiliate or ambassador of the Toronto Zoo, but living in Toronto my whole life and enjoying the facility on many occasions, I can confirm that they are top-notch and were certified as being one of the best for animal welfare. It isn’t as good as the wild, but a close second. The adoption money helps care for the animal and with research efforts. The lynx is not on the list of animals mentioned here, but you can specially request it for your adoption.
  • Look at your lifestyle and see where you can help with your footprint and contribution to global warming. Global warming has affected Canadian lynx so it is up to us to fix the problem. Reduce your greenhouse gases, recycle, reuse, and do not pollute.
  • Create a petition to ensure the Canadian Government makes the Canadian Lynx a top priority in eliminating it from the endangered species list.
Beautiful Canadian Lynx
Beautiful Canadian Lynx

 

See and Support the Canadian Lynx
See and Support the Canadian Lynx

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