Reductions in snowfall in the Great North Woods region of Maine (shown here) where the lynx research took place may cause the cats to suffer.
“Lynx are uniquely sensitive to climate change based on their physical attributes,” said Chris Hoving, of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment in a press release. “Their preferred habitat requires at least 2.7 meters of average annual snowfall. If snowfall decreases, there may be almost no suitable habitat in Maine where the only verifiable lynx population on the East Coast exists.”
Hoving published a study of lynx habitat needs in the Journal of Wildlife Management.