Predation on Two Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus, by a Canada Lynx, Lynx canadensis, in the Southern Canadian Rocky Mountains


  • Dörte Poszig Alhardstr. 15, 28757 Bremen
  • Clayton D. Apps Aspen Wildlife Research Inc., 2708 Cochrane Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2M 4H9
  • Alan Dibb Parks Canada, P. O. Box 220, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia V0A 1M0



Canada Lynx, Lynx canadensis, infrared monitor, Mule Deer, Odocoileus hemionus, predation, British Columbia


A male Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) killed two Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains in January 1999 and made use of the kills for 28 days. Canada Lynx predation on ungulates has been reported but is rare, and accounts have been brief. We detail the lynx behaviour associated with the kills and their consumption. An infrared monitor and attached camera were used to register daily activity at the kill site. We speculate on the factors that may have influenced this opportunistic predation event.