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1 February 2011 Lynx Body Size in Norway is Related to Its Main Prey (Roe Deer) Density, Climate, and Latitude
Yoram Yom-Tov, Tor Kvam, Øystein Wiig
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We studied the effect of various factors on body size variation of the Eurasian lynx in Norway, using data from 374 lynx collected between 1960 and 1976 and whose locality of capture, year of birth, sex, and age were known. Body size of lynx in Norway was mainly affected by sex and age. Female skull size (and by implication body size) was also positively affected by the availability of its main prey (roe deer) and by latitude, and negatively by the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). Male size was not affected by any of the environmental factors examined. We interpret the effects of NAO and latitude on body size through their effect on the local climate and particularly snow conditions. We suggest that females are more sensitive to environmental factors than males.

© Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2010
Yoram Yom-Tov, Tor Kvam, and Øystein Wiig "Lynx Body Size in Norway is Related to Its Main Prey (Roe Deer) Density, Climate, and Latitude," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 40(1), 43-51, (1 February 2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-010-0070-z
Received: 21 February 2010; Accepted: 15 June 2010; Published: 1 February 2011
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