Cougar
  • Also known of as the puma or mountain lion
  • New world mammal
  • Large, solitary cat
  • Lives from the Yukon in Canada to South America
  • Found in every major New Wold Habitat type
  • Populations are dropping due to overhunting and habitat destruction
  • Considerable variation in color and size of cougars
  • Second-heaviest cat in the Americas (after the jaguar)
  • Fourth-heaviest cat in the world (after the tiger, lion, and jaguar)
  • Cannot roar
  • Both a stalk-and-ambush predator and a chase predator
  • Primary food is deer
  • Also hunts insects, mice, rabbits, domestic cats and sogs, alpaca, livestock, and elk
  • Sometimes preys on cattle and horses
  • Rarely attacks humans