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Mountain Lion, Puma and Cougar
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Puma concolor
Family Name:
Felidae
Location:
W.and S.North America,Central America,and South America.In montane coniferous forest, lowland tropical forest, swamps, grassland, dry brush country, or any other area with adequate cover and prey.
Size:
3 1/2- 6 1/2 ft
( 1.1- 2m)
Weight:
150- 230lb
( 67-105kg )
Social Unit:
Solitary
Gestation:
90- 96 days
Birth:
1-6
Diet:
Large mammals and small mammals
 
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Mountain Lion, Puma and Cougar

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Mountain Lion, Puma and Cougar Description
  Also known as the Panther, Cougar, or Mountain Lion, this species is larger than some "big" cats ( it is about the same size as the Leopard ), but is thought to be closer to the " small " cats in classification.
The Puma has an elongated body, small head, short face, and uniformly buff-colored fur. It has powerful and muscular limbs, and its hindlegs are longer than its forelegs.
Throughout its range, the Pumas most important food is deer-especially Mule Deer and Elk. It stealthily stalks its prey, leaping upon the victim's back or seizing it after a rapid dash. It drags the carcass to a sheltered spot and eats its fill, then covers the remains with leaves and debris, for later consumption.
This agile cat can leap to a height of 18ft. from the ground and is also a good swimmer, although it prefers not to enter water.Usually solitary, individuals deliberately avoid each other except for a brief period of courtship.
There is no fixed den, except when females are rearing their young.
However, temporary shelter is taken in dense vegetation, rocky crevices,and caves,
The Puma cannot roar like other big cats. Instead, it communicates by growls, hisses, and birdlike calls, and emits an eerily humanlike scream during courtship.
Puma kittens have spots on their body until they are about 6 months old. They begin to feed on meat at six weeks and, if born in spring,are able to go hunting with the mother by fall, making their own kills by winter. However, they remain with their mother for a several more months.
Amazingly adaptable,the Puma has the greatest natural distribution of any indigenous mammal in the Western Hemisphere,with the exception of humans.
Extensively hunted since the arrival of the European colonists, the Puma has also declined in numbers in places where agricultural interests have led to the destruction of forests.
 
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