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A wildlife camera took a photograph of an animal. Unfortunately this is the only picture my camera collected. This picture was taken in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. The distance from the camera to the subject is a few meters, and the height of the camera off the ground was probably about 40 - 50 cm.

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Is this animal a lynx? It looks like it might have those fine tufts on its ears and a reduced tail.

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  • $\begingroup$ Any chance of examining the area for tracks? $\endgroup$ – tyersome Apr 27 '20 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ No, unfortunately the snow was quite icy and compacted; found no tracks. $\endgroup$ – Galen Apr 27 '20 at 2:44
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    $\begingroup$ I thought that those cameras take a photo every second when something starts moving. It's facing towards the light as well so with the snow, it's too bright. The silhouette is definitely that of a lynx though, small tail, strong hind quarters, it looks like 90% probability it's a lynx $\endgroup$ – aliential Apr 27 '20 at 19:10
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    $\begingroup$ I have not played with the settings on this camera, but I recall from the manual that I can control the rate. I don't recall what it is currently set to, but I have a feeling it isn't as a frequent as every second; something I should correct. $\endgroup$ – Galen Apr 27 '20 at 19:18
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    $\begingroup$ As with your other trail camera question about coyote, some (fairly accurate) size estimate of the tree or other foliage in the picture may help. Lynx are typically larger than bobcats. $\endgroup$ – theforestecologist Dec 5 '20 at 16:26
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Lynx or Bobcat Without a clearer image or a better sense of scale I cannot say which. Their silhouette is just too similar.

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