Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cougar Facts

CougarHere are thirteen facts about the incredible cougars.

1. Cougar is the most widespread of all the New World Mammals. Its geographic range in Americas is larger than that of any other animal.

2. Owing to its historic presence across a multitude of regions and cultures, Cougar has earned more names than any other animal, including mountain lion, mountain screamer, pi-twal, carcajou, puma, catamount and many others.

3. Despite its heavy build, Puma Concolor, the Cougar resembles smaller felines in its physical makeup and is often not included in big cats owing to its inability to roar.

4. With its rudder-like tail and bodily structure, Cougar is often said to be related to the Cheetah in its evolution, though there is currently insufficient evidence to validate this.

5. Cougars are great athletes. Their long hind legs give them an incredible horizontal leaping ability of nearly forty feet in one bound, second only to the Snow Leopard which can reputedly cover forty five feet in a jump.

6. Versatile predators, Cougars are capable of taking down a variety of animals, ranging from rodents to moose. The predominant prey species though, in most parts, is deer.

7. Stalk and ambush predators, Cougars employ their great speed and momentum to take down their prey, and then proceed to make the kill with a lethal neck bite.

8. If they don't finish their meal in one sitting, Cougars usually cache their kill under leaves and shrubs to return to it later.

9. Despite their prolific hunting profile, Cougars are not at the top of food chain in many of their native ecosystems and face stiff competition at the hands of Bears, Wolves and Jaguars.

10. As a result, Cougars have evolved into developing unique survival strategies in many parts, including the ability to swim and climb trees.

11. Even with their vast distribution and adaptive ability, Cougar numbers are declining in the wild owing to loss of habitat and prey.

12. Conflicts with humans also do not bode well for the Cougars who are increasingly coming into contact with people who keep pushing into their territory.

13. The highest numbers of attacks by Cougars on humans occur in the infamous 'Cougar Island' in British Columbia.

23 comments:

PurrPrints said...

Beautiful picture of trinity--cougars are just amazing animals, aren't they?

Sassy Mama Bear said...

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BeadedTail said...

Cougars are the most gorgeous animals. I learned some new facts about them today - thanks for the lesson!

pussreboots said...

Living on the edge of a rural area, we do have mountain lions that sometimes come down out of the foot hills. Happy TT.

Family Tree said...

Courgars are really cool! Thanks for sharing these information :D

Anonymous said...

I from the jungles of southern Mexico, northern Guatemala. The puma is the most amazin' cat there is. No cat can survive as many places as the puma can. Desert, swamp, mountains, cold, hot, arid. It no matter, the puma will survive where other cats cannot. The only reason the jaguar was worshipped down here instead of the puma is 'cause the puma had the good sense to stay hidden an' WATCH stuffs, out of sight. That why the witch doctors an' chiefs wore jaguar pelts an' heads, cause they could no catch a puma. My village many, many generations ago (as in 1.5 to 2 thousand years or more) broke off from its mother civilization 'cause it revered the puma more than the jaguar.

Anonymous said...

i think cougars are great animals

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Anonymous said...

Im from the seattle are and the cougars up here are huge and they are alot bigger than the ones in mexico and could easily take on a jaguar

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Anonymous said...

we fear that which we cannot see
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Anonymous said...

There are Cougars in central Wisconsin. Saw one 2 mornings in the same week, near West Bend WI.

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Anonymous said...

cougars kill jaguars!!!

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