As a member of the cat family, lynx share many of the same characteristics as other cats, such as tigers, jaguars, leopards and even the family cat, acute hearing, sharp eyesight and excellent climbing ability.
The Eurasian lynx made its ancestral home in mixed forests. Due to human activity this East Asian animal has been forced to find new ways of living in open woods and on rocky mountain slopes. Even with conservation efforts, the lynx is struggling because of hunting by farmers, who view them as pests, road kills and a mysterious loss of male cubs possibly caused by a genetic problem.
Humans sometimes hunt lynx for their beautiful fur. One endangered population, the Iberian lynx, struggles to survive in the mountains of Spain, far from the cold northern forests where most lynx live.