Met North America's Largest Cat, the Mountain Lion


Feature photo: Cougar (Puma concolor) by Josh More via Creative Commons 

Profile photo: Cougar by e_monk via Creative Commons

The Secret Life of Mountain Lions provides a rare glimpse into the family and social bonds of mountain lions. It affirms their rightful place in nature and the importance of protecting them for generations to come. Narrated by Chris Morgan (PBS, BBC, National Geographic), this video contains extraordinary footage captured with motion-triggered cameras from Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project.

The mountain lion (Puma concolor), also commonly known as the cougar, puma, or catamount, is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat than to any subspecies of lion.

An adaptable, generalist species, it is found in most American habitat types and its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the greatest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere.

Secretive and largely solitary by nature and pursues a wide variety of prey. Prolific hunting following European colonization of the Americas and the ongoing human development of cougar habitat has caused populations to drop in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the cougar was extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century, except for an isolated Florida panther subpopulation.

*Stay tuned for more in-depth information on mountain lions coming soon.

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