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Mountain Lion


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Mountain Lion
Mountain Lion
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Mountain Lion
The mountain lion is one of the biggest species cat native to the mountains of the Americas. The mountain lion is thought to be a subspecies of cougar that is strictly confined to the mountainous areas.

The mountain lion is a highly adaptive feline, able to withstand the harsh conditions in the Rocky and Andes mountains. The mountain lion does not hibernate and therefore the mountain lions undergo uncompromising winters.

Mountain lions tend to hunt rabbits, hares and larger birds, and without doubt deer and elk if they were to come across it. The mountain lion has no real natural predators although the mountain lion needs to be wary of bears due to the bears severe size advantage.

Female mountain lions tend to have one litter of kittens every two or three years. The female mountain lion kitten litter size can range from one mountain lion kitten to six. Female mountain lions are extremely protective over their mountain lion kittens and some female mountain lion individuals have been known to fight to off large mammals, including grizzly bears, with success.

Baby mountain lions are born blind, and these mountain lion kittens are completely dependent on their mother at first until the mountain lion kittens are around three months of age. As the mountain lion kittens grow, they begin to go out with their mother, first visiting kill sites, and after six months, the mountain lion kittens begin to hunt small prey on their own.


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Mountain Lion Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Felidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Puma
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Felis Concolor
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1.5-2.75m (5-9ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
29-90kg (64-198lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
45km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
10-20 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Tan, Black, Brown
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Deer
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forest and mountainous regions
Litter Size:3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Deer, Elk, Beavers
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Grizzly Bear
Special Features:Powerful forearms and paws and muscular jaw

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