Sensitive Species


Canada Lynx

The Canada lynx is a large yellowish-brown cat with dark spots. These forest-dwelling cats have short tails and their ears are tipped with tufts of long, black hairs. Because they spend significant time hunting rabbits in snow, their paws are quite large and furry, helping them to distribute their weight and allowing them to move easily through deep snow.    

Habitat: Lynx live in forested areas, mostly at high elevation subalpine fir, spruce, and lodgepole pine forests. They make their homes, called “dens” out of fallen logs, stumps, clumps of timber, or similar tangles of roots and branches. 

Canada lynx

Food: Lynx love to eat snowshoe hares, but they also eat squirrels and other small mammals and birds. They are nocturnal, meaning they hunt at night for their prey.  

Facts: Lynx have been known to sit in one spot for hours, waiting to pounce on a snowshoe hare or other small animal that may pass nearby.    They can also travel a distance of over five miles in just one day.

Canada lynx kittens
Canada lynx kits

Canada lynx kit
Canada lynx kit

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Herbivore Mammals

Pygmy rabbit
Desert cottontail
Eastern gray squirrel
Red squirrel
Deer mouse
Kangaroo rat
Meadow vole
Mule deer
Bighorn sheep
American pronghorn

Carnivore Mammals

American badger
River otter
Red fox
Long-tailed weasel
Grizzly bear
Mountain lion



Long-toed salamander
Idaho giant salamander
Coeur d'Alene salamander

Frogs and Toads

American bullfrog
Columbia spotted frog
Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot



Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
Desert horned lizard
Sagebrush lizard
Western fence lizard
Western skink
Side-blotched lizard
Longnosed leopard lizard
Western whiptail


Western pipistrelle
Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
Yuma myotis
Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
Bull trout
Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
Yellow-billed cuckoo