Cougar

Cougar

Cougar
Puma concolor


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Felidae

Range

Canada to South America


Habitat

From forests to swamps to dry brushlands


Diet

Mainly deer, also smaller mammals and birds

Weight

80 - 225 lbs.

Body Length

42 - 54 in.

Tail

30 - 36 in.

Gestation

90 - 96 days

Young

1 to 6 cubs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • The strength and stealth of this solitary creature combined with its powerful legs, sharp claws, and excellent vision make the cougar an exceptional hunter.
  • This ambush predator hunts mainly at night or during dawn and dusk, and will travel great distances in search of prey.
  • The cougar will also shift its home range to follow the seasonal migrations of its primary source of food, the mule deer and the white-tailed deer.
  • Cougars have adapted to many habitats and can maneuver easily through rough terrain by running, swimming and climbing trees.
  • Cougars can jump 18 feet from the ground into a tree.
  • They also have vocals that range from purrs, mews, hisses, growls, spits, and "screams".

 

Conservation

Cougars face threats from habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of their prey, and hunting by humans.

Top predators like cougars help maintain a healthy ecosystem. Without them, populations of deer and other animals would become unhealthy and too large for the habitat.

Least Concern

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