The Canada Lynx, also known as Lynx canadensis, is a type of lynx that is indigenous to North America, encompassing regions such as Canada and certain parts of the United States.
They were also instances of black-furred individuals too, despite the Canada Lynx’s typical mild brownish-gray fur color.
A Canadian scientist from the University of Alberta managed to capture the animal. A staff member of the Yukon government named Thomas Jung captured a video recording of the animal on his mobile phone.
The documentation of the finding was recorded in an article titled “Paint it black: the initial record of melanism in Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis)” published in the Mammalia journal.
The video was taken in a rural residential area next to the Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. In the footage, a lynx can be shown resting at a distance of about 50 meters. There so many individuals and a dog nearby, and as the dog started to bark, the lynx eventually ran away.
However they were able to recognize the animal as a Canada lynx, specialists on the species were struggling to make out many distinguishing aspects in the shaky video. The behavior of the Canada Lynx is that of a lone, reclusive creature.
Jung states that the lynx had a black fur with whitish gray guard hairs spread all over its body, including the facial ruff, rostrum, and dorsal regions.
According to observations, most lynx species exhibit comparable coloring, and during winter, Canada lynx sightings are common because of their silvery gray coats. In the summer, their coats often change to a reddish brown shade.
According to Jung, the lynx featured in the film is an exceptionally uncommon species due to its extensive array of coat colors. Jung explains that such variations in coat colors often serve as adaptations during evolution, which can either be advantageous (adaptive) or detrimental (maladaptive).
Scientists have not yet established whether melanism in any animal provides advantages or disadvantages. Nevertheless, Jung believes that the lynx’s melanistic feature is maladaptive since it hinders essential camouflage. In the winter, while hunting in the snow, the lynx with darker hair would likely be easily noticeable.
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