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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Felis Concolor
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
1.5-2.75m (5-9ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
29-90kg (64-198lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
45km/h (30mph)
How long the animal lives for
10-20 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Tan, Black, Brown
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Forest and mountainous regions
Litter Size:
The typical number of offspring
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Deer, Elk, Beavers
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human, Grizzly Bear
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Powerful forearms and paws and muscular jaw

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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 bear's 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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"Olivia, they really don't have any predators. Many people mistakenly believe bears, being so much larger are a predator for them. However, as lazy opportunists, bears tend to leave mountain lions/cougars alone. The cat would have to be severely injured and possibly dying for the bear to seriously consider it. It also depends on how many days the Bear has gone without serious protein. Mountain Lions are wonderful creatures. They don't waste anything and often get those animals that aren't strong enough or well enough to keep away from them. sick or not though, if you are a deer, watch out and listen for the Cougar. They seem to like Deer a lot, at least those were the bones remaining over that my brother and I found the most growing up in the Sierras and Cascades out west"
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 7th November 2019

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