Cat family

Banff National Park

There are two species of cats in Banff National Park. Cats are carnivores - very skilled ones! They are adapted for stalking, pursuing and ambushing which makes them very good at capturing prey.



The largest of the two, and the largest Canadian cat, is the mountain lion or cougar. Although rarely seen, signs indicate that there is a small but healthy population in the park.

 Canadian lynx

Canadian lynx, young, jumping in snow


The other member of the cat family that resides in Banff National Park is the lynx. It too is nocturnal and rarely seen.

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