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Cougar 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 (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
1.5m - 2.75m (5ft - 9ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
29kg - 90kg (64lbs - 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
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
3
Main Prey:Deer, Elk, Beavers
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human, Grizzly Bear
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Powerful forearms and paws and muscular jaw

Cougar Location

Map of Cougar Locations
Map of North America

Cougar

The cougar is native to the Americas, particularly south America and western North America and is often known by other names such as mountain lion, puma and panther. Cougars can be found mainly in the mountain regions of Canada and Mexico, but as the name cougar is often used to describe an un-spotted leopard, cougars are also found in Asia and Africa.

The cougar is the fourth biggest feline in the world behind the lion, tiger and jaguar, making the cougar the second largest cat in the Americas. The cougar has longer back than front legs and a long heavy body.

Cougars prey on large mammals such as moose, deer, elk and stray wolves and can often go for long periods of time without food. Cougars are also well known for their amazing ability to jump up to 30ft.

Cougars tend to have between 1 and 4 cubs, generally during the spring and summer time when the adult cougars are hunting well again after the harsh winters. A cougar typically lives until its about 20 years old.

Due to the cougars vast range, the cougar is known in different places by different names. Until the late 1990s there were thought to be 32 different species of cougar inhabiting both North and South America. Recent studies however, have shown that the DNA of the majority of the 32 cougar species was too similar. There are therefore only 5 different species of cougar found on the American continent.

Today the cougar is only found in parts of Florida in North East America and the cougars range on the west coast has been dramatically reduced by human interference. The cougar is most commonly found in the Canadian Rockies and the more mountainous regions of Southern Mexico.

Cougar Translations

български език
Пума
Cesky
Puma americká
Dansk
Puma
Deutsch
Puma
English
Cougar
Esperanto
Pumo
Español
Puma
Français
Puma
עִבְרִית
פומה
Hrvatski
Puma
Italiano
Puma concolor
日本語
ピューマ
Nederlands
Poema
Norsk
Fjelløve
Polski
Puma
Português
Suçuarana
Slovenščina
Puma
Svenska
Puma
Türkçe
Puma
Tiếng Việt
Báo sư tử
中文
美洲狮

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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