(click above to see the Bear Creek cougars)
also known as - mountain lion, puma, and catamount
Life span up to 18 years
The territories of male mountain lions may overlap those of the female, enabling the males to detect when the females are ready to mate. During a 14 day period of
mating, a male and a female will break their normal solitary habits to hunt together and sleep next to each other. The female later gives birth to two to six kittens in a carefully hidden den,
located between rocks or in a cave. The mountain lion is a protected species, but most farmers and cattle ranchers object to its presence. Many animals are shot to safeguard herds, in spite
of evidence that mountain lions rarely attack domestic stock.
Mountain lions are found in habitats as diverse as the cold northern woods of Canada, the rocky western country of the United States, and the tropical rain forests
of Brazil. In Argentina, they live in the pampas and their range extends to the southernmost tip of South America.
It is known that a cougar can jump from a standstill as high as 20 feet. An outward leap can be as far as 40 feet. Although it is usually red or brown, a mountain
lion's colouration varies. In Patagonia, where they are particularly large, their coats are often red-gray or silver-gray. Mountain lions kill their prey with a single bite to the neck.
In some areas, mountain lions were wiped out in an attempt to protect deer populations. But eliminating a natural predator disrupted the balance of the environment.
Consequently, the deer multiplied rapidly and their habitat was unable to support the large population.
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