Description: Cougar, Mountain Lion, Puma, Panther, they have many names. A Cougar is a large tan colored cat. They can weigh between 100 – 145lbs. They have thick fur, and very little body fat.
Habitat: Cougars used to live all over North America, but they have been hunted to extinction in all but a few areas. They like to live in wild places like mountains, forests or swamps.
Diet: Cougars are
predators. That means they hunt other
animals for food. Their favorite meal
is a deer. Cougars eat up
to ten pounds of meat a day. That’s
lions are solitary except for a short breeding
period of up to two weeks duration. The gestation
period is about 3 months. The number of young
ranges from two to five, averaging three.
At birth, the kittens are woolly, spotted,
have short tails, and weigh about 450 g each.
They develop teeth when about a month old,
are weaned when about 2 or 3 months old,
and may remain with their mother until more
than 1 year old. Adult females usually breed
for the first time between two and three
years of age, and breed once every two or
three years afterwards. They may live for
15 - 18 years in the wild.
the largest cats that can purr! They
sound very pretty.
Cougars are great jumpers. They cat leap vertically over 16 feet, and horizontally more than 45 feet. That means they could jump over a school bus the long way.
They are the fastest animals in North America. They can run up to 40 miles per hour. That’s the speed of Mom’s car on a back road.