Cougar

Cougar

Cougar

Cougar

Animal Cougar
Common Name(s) Cougar, Puma, Mountain Lion, Panther, Catamount, Deer Tiger
Scientific Name puma concolor
Adults are called Male: Tom; Female: Queen
Young are called Cubs
Lifespan Wild: 8 – 13 yrs.; Captive: 15 – 20 yrs.
Adult Size 3.25 – 5.25 ft. long with 2 – 3 ft. long tail; 2 – 3 ft. tall
Adult Weight Males: 115-220 lbs.; Females: 64-141 lbs.
Birth Size Approx. 1 ft.
Birth Weight Approx. 1 lb.
Gestation Period Approx. 3 months
Number of Young 1 – 6, but most often 2
Where Found Southern Canada, US, Central and South America
Habitat Almost any kind of forest, mountains, deserts, lowlands, and canyons
Diet They mostly prefer deer and similar animals, but will also eat coyotes, porcupines, raccoons, and almost anything down to insects. They will also eat livestock, so they are often considered pests to farmers.
Conservation Status Endangered
Threats Hunting
The cougar is a widely distributed cat in the Americas, and is similar in size to the leopard. They are usually beige with an off-white underside. Cubs are slightly darker and have dark spots for camouflage. They are very shy, and rarely seen by humans. Cougars are very muscular animals; powerful and built for jumping, with hind legs bigger and longer than the front. They are generally long and lean, but have a short face and small round ears.

Interesting Facts

  • Cougars can jump up to 18 ft. high and long.
  • They have extremely well developed senses of sight and hearing, but a poor sense of smell.

Additional Resources

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cougar
  • http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/mountain-lion/?source=A-to-Z
  • http://ctmountainlion.org/pictures/
  • http://www.robertknightgallery.com/photo-detail.php?id_img=581&id_cat=1&title=Cougar%20Land&shape=3
  • https://forums.furaffinity.net/threads/97706-What-are-a-male-and-female-mountain-lion-called
  • http://puma-project.tripod.com/id4.htmlhttp://bigcatrescue.org/cougar-facts/