After about an hour, having covered a mile or so, the lynx made a big circle right back to where the chase had begun, and JR was able to put him down with his .17 HMR. The lynx turned out to be a 28-pound tom: a big cat, no doubt, but not unusually large.
It's crazy to think that a lynx, could take down a year-old caribou, weighing about 100 pounds, or three times as much as the cat. For scale, imagine taking on a 12-foot, 500-pound guy in a bar fight. What lynx lack in size and strength, they make up for with claws and teeth.