Facts about mountain lions

Top Cougar Facts – Habitat, Attack, and Diet

Cougars or mountain lions are large animals belonging to the feline family. Read on for facts about these majestic mountain lions.

How big are mountain lions?

Cougars or mountain lions can weigh up to 200 pounds. The average length excluding the tail is 3 to 5 feet. The males are larger than the females.

Can mountain lions attack humans?

Mountain lions are carnivores and rarely attack humans. They mostly avoid humans and usually eat deer, moose, sheep, among the animals of similar size. They may also eat smaller animals like rabbits, rats, or raccoons.

Can a person defend against a cougar attack?

A person of average size may be able to fight back a cougar, should a cougar attack. If a cougar attacks you, try to prevent it from attacking your skull, face and neck. Since cougars are smaller than an average human, it may not be that difficult to ward them off.

Interesting fact:

The Argentine cougar does not defend against humans but moan and cry to seek sympathy.

Where are mountain lions found?

Mountain lions are largely found in the western hemisphere from British Columbia, Canada to the Andes in South America, but can adapt to almost any habitat. Their preferred habitat is canyons, escarpments, and dense brush. 

In the US, they are most commonly found in states Idaho, Utah, Montano, Colorado, and Arizona. 

In Canada, they are found in British Columbia and Alberta. 

South American countries – Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay also host cougars.

Did You Know?

Cougar, mountain lion, puma, panther, puma concolor, and catamount are the names for the same exact animal. In fact, there are over 40 names for cougar in the English language alone! Cougar holds the Guinness world record for the animal with the largest number of names.

What to cougars (mountain lions) look like?

what do cougars look like? - Fur and color

Mountain lions have a tan-colored coat, with darker hair on their back. Mountain lions found in warmer areas have darker coats, while mountain lions in colder regions have thicker coat.

Fun Fact:

Cougar cubs are born with spotted fur. The spots go away as they grow up and the fur becomes completely uniform in an adult.

How do cougars reproduce?

Females usually reproduce at age 2.5 and usually have 2 or 3 cubs. 

How do cougars live in nature?

Cougars are very territorial and have a rich social structure. They hunt and share with other cougars and get the favor returned. They are mostly active at dawn or at dusk.

Mountain lions cannot to roar, but can emit a wide variety of vocalizations to communicate. They are also the largest felines with the ability to purr.

How big is a cougar jump?

Mountain lions can jump to a height of 5 meters and a jump distance of up to 13 meters.

Did you know?

The ancient Inca city of cusco city design is based on the shape of a cougar.

cusco city in shape of puma

Related read: Cougar Vs Mountain Lion

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