A cat by many names – Mountain Lion, Cougar, Puma, Mountain Cat, Panther and Catamount.
This powerful predator roams the Americas, where it is also known as a Cougar, Puma, Mountain Cat, Panther and Catamount. This big cat of many names is also found in many habitats, from Florida swamps to Canadian forests. They can weigh up to 200lbs, and live 12-15 years successfully in the wild.
Mountain lions prefer to prey on deer, though they also eat smaller animals such as coyotes, porcupines, and raccoons. They usually hunt at night or right at dawn and dusk. These cats employ a blend of stealth and power, stalking their prey until an opportunity arrives to pounce, then going for the back of the neck with a fatal bite. They will hide large carcasses and feed on them for several days.
These cats are not very good at sharing, especially when it comes to what they consider to be ‘their territory’.
Partially because of this, mountain lions roam far, far away from where they were born as soon as Mom kicks them out of the home den. They are extremely solitary animals and can claim up to 400 square miles as their territory for just ONE big cat.
Technically mountain lions can mate anytime they want, but generally they do so late in the year, December though March. Kittens live with Mom for up to two years, which is a VERY long time in comparison to most other wild mammals. Kittens learn to hunt, forage, fight, and survive during the time that they are with their mothers. Eventually, she decides that they can make it on their own and she goes off to mate again, leaving the older kittens to fend for themselves as adults.