A distant cousin of the cat, known in French as the loup-cervier (the deer wolf), the lynx has a distinctive appearance: long legs, a short tail, tufts of hair at the tips of its ears, whiskers on its cheeks. Its coat, spotted against a grey-beige ground, provides perfect camouflage.
It hunts at night, tireless and solitary. Its sense of vision and smell are both very highly developed. It eats young dear, hares, moles, rats and foxes.
The mating season takes place in February and March. The young, between two and six in number, are born in May to June, in a carefully prepared hollow tree or rocky crevice. The cubs are fed by both parents. At the age of two or three months they leave the lair and join their brothers and sisters, born a year earlier, to learn to hunt.
The lynx lives in the forest. It is very difficult to catch sight of this extraordinarily wary animal. Though threatened with extinction, it is now being reintroduced in the Vosges and in Switzerland.