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    Lynx sighting on whoops

    I was starting my decent on whoops last Saturday afternoon on my cx bike, when in the first 200 yards I heard leaves rustle and looked about 50 feet ahead to see a very stout feline running off of the trail to my right. It didn't run away from me, but perpendicular to the trail so I got a good long look at it as it ran about 30 yards up the hill before it turned to look back at me and continue on over the ridge.

    My first thought was that it was a huge bob-tailed house cat, as its fur was long and grayish and looked almost brushed but it was way too stout to be a house cat. Its ears were very large and black on the back rim and had hair extending from the top and the tail was very short....it was a Lynx!!

    He seemed frightened, yet curious there for a moment..it was pretty cool!!

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    Cool, Mike!

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    Sure it wasn't a bobcat? Bobcats are common in Oregon. Lynx are not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBoy
    Sure it wasn't a bobcat? Bobcats are common in Oregon. Lynx are not.
    Is there a difference? I thought it was like Cougars and Pumas and Panthers and Mtn Lion.

    Unless you're thinking of the Canadian Lynx with the huge paws?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Is there a difference? I thought it was like Cougars and Pumas and Panthers and Mtn Lion.

    Unless you're thinking of the Canadian Lynx with the huge paws?
    check the "Lynx" hyperlink in the OP.

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    I was thinking bobcat until I researched it when I got home. The tail, ears and fur all point to lynx. He (or she) was cute....I want one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Is there a difference? I thought it was like Cougars and Pumas and Panthers and Mtn Lion.

    Unless you're thinking of the Canadian Lynx with the huge paws?
    There is a distinct difference between bobcats and lynx. Not just a regional name variation as with cougars.
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    Dan,

    While rare, I have seen Canadian lynx twice in Oregon. They are quite a bit bigger (especially taller) than bobcats. Once on the Umpqua/Middle Fork Willamette divide and once on Hart Mountain. Both times were 15-20 years ago.

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    I once thought I saw a feral, rabid Dachshund on Swede Ridge.

    It musta been something else, though.

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    That's pretty cool, whether it was a Lynx or a Bobcat. I've never seen either in wild.
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    I think Bobcat, but really great spot!

    " Bobcat or Lynx? Although they are very similar in appearance , there are a few morphological characteristics that differentiate the bobcat from the Lynx. Bobcats can be distinguished visually from lynx by their smaller foot pads, slightly longer tail, shorter black ear tuffs and more well defined spotting on the coat. The tail of the lynx is shorter than the bobcats and ends in a black tip that completely encircles the tail (Figures 1 & 2). The bobcats tail is longer, and has banding on the upper surface only (Lariviere and Walton 1997, Anderson and Lovallo 2003). "

    https://www.uwsp.edu/wildlife/carniv...%20History.htm

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