Mammal

Mountain Lion

Area: 
North and South America
Habitat: 
Forests, swamps, and grasslands
Food: 
Deer, pigs, raccoons, armadillos, rabbits, squirrels, and other mammals
Size: 
6 to 9 feet long; about 2 feet tall at the shoulder
Babies: 
A litter of 3 to 4 spotted cubs is born in a den.
A mountain lion can jump 18 feet from the ground into a tree!
Cat of Many Names

 

This wild cat is known by more names than any other animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. in the world. In most of the U.S., people call it a mountain lion, cougar, or puma. In Florida, it is usually called a panther. No matter what name you use, mountain lions are powerful and important predators.

 

As an ambushA method of attack. The attacker hides from its prey until the prey gets close enough to attack, surprising the prey. Tigers, pythons, and rattlesnakes are examples of ambush hunters. hunter, a mountain lion often hides in brush or trees near water or where animals feed. It waits, crouched, for just the right moment, then leaps onto its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food.. Mountain lions eat a variety of preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. depending on where they live. Some large cats even bring down animals as big as an elk or a moose.

 

Mountain lions usually try to avoid contact with humans. But because more people have moved into their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows., it is getting harder for them to stay clear of humans. We can learn to live with mountain lions by thinking about what we do. Don’t hike alone or leave food out around a cabin or campsite, especially at night. If you do happen across a mountain lion, never approach it—give it a way to escape.