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A beautiful mountain lion looking out for any movement in its domain.Reserving it energy for the evenings prowl. Cougars can leap about 7 to 8 feet from sitting still up to 16 feet straight up when in motion. They tend not to jump this high due to the fact it takes so much energy , this ability helps them
escape from cavernous traps. A 20 plus foot jump across is no problem.
The mountain lion (Felis concolor), also called the cougar,
is the largest member of the cat family living in Yellowstone National Park.
There is a difference in the structure of the voice box or the larynx, because of which the Cougars can't roar.
They produce a high pitched scream. This shrill scream has earned them a place in American folklore.
Facts- Young mountain lions have spots all over them, but adults do not!.They are covered with
blackish brown spots and have dark rings around their tails. The markings fade as they mature.
The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as the puma, mountain lion, panther, or catamount, is a largest
cat of the family Felidae native to the Americas.
The cougar is an apex predator whose strong jaws, large claws and exemplary stalking abilities
make its preferred prey some of the largest in America – elk, deer and moose. When forced to,
by weather or scarcity, the cougar will take smaller prey. The female cougar will also teach
her young on smaller prey, allowing them to hunt with her from when they are 6 months old to
about the age of 1 for males, 2 for females, when the kits leave to find their own territory.
Seeing or hearing a wild mountain lion is rare. Mountain lion sounds, which are typically a "screech" or "scaw", are often mistaken for other predators, usually owls or eagles. Mountain lion cubs will call to their mother in sounds similar to a high pitched yelp.
Interestingly, a study was performed in the 1970s by the California Department of Fish and Game,
which found that mountain lions hung out in high human activity areas, such as wilde
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