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Tracks

Lynx tracks are large and round. A lynx footprint on a hard base is normally 8-10 cm in diameter. In loose snow the tracks are often larger because of the thick fur around the paw and because lynx are able to spread their toes. The footprints show four toes and look like the footprints of an enlarged cat.  They can be distinguished from footprints of canids by the asymmetry of the two front toes. In loose snow it is often possible to see the impression of the heel from the hind paw. Like other cats lynx usually walk with their claws drawn in, but marks from their claws can often be seen in steep uphill terrain and other places where they may have needed to get a good grip.

When moving, lynx usually place their hind paw in the paw print of the front paw. The step lengths are normally from 80 to 120 cm. Like other large predators lynx move decidedly in the terrain. The way lynx easily move in difficult terrain is very characteristic for this animal. Lynx can easily make their way over steep slopes, climb into trees, and balance on fallen trees. When hunting for roe deer in the winter it is not uncommon for lynx to move in areas close by people, so it is possible to encounter lynx tracks in just about anywhere, from the edge of villages to the high mountains.

 

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