Cougars (scientific name: Puma concolor) are solitary animals, living most of their lives alone. Cougars prefer to sit and wait for their prey to wander by, this is called an ambush predator. Cougars are crepuscular predators, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk; this is when their prey is most active as well.
- Coats come in a variety of colors – brown, grey, and buff (pale orange-brown)
- White bellies
- Tip of the tail is typically darker than the rest of the body
Cougars are extremely adaptable and have the widest habitat range of all the small cats. They can live in many different areas such as tropical rainforests, high mountains, conifer forests, and even the desert. Cougars used to live in the eastern United States but hunting and urbanization drove them out except for a small pocket left in Florida.
3.5 – 6.5 feet long
6 feet long
A cougar can leap 40 feet horizontally
40 feet long
- Big Horn Sheep
- Habitat Loss
Cougars are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
Cougars were once hunted and considered vermin (pests); they no longer live east of the Mississippi River.
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