Rocky Mountains Separate Canadian Lynx, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 3, 2003   View Article

The Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis) may creep for miles through dense, debris-strewn forest for the chance to pounce on a scarce snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), but the stealthy feline is apparently seldom bothered to weather a crossing of the Rocky Mountains to find a mate.

Evolutionary ecologist Nils Chr. Stenseth together with geneticists Kjetill Jakobsen and Eli Rueness at the University of Oslo in Norway, and colleagues from Canada and Sweden, performed a large-scale genetic analysis of the elusive cat throughout its North American habitat and found populations of genetically distinct animals.

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