Mountain Lion Pocket Journal

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Mountain Lion  (Felis concolor)

Cougar, catamount, puma, panther, screamer– all are names given to this shy and elusive predator.  Unable to roar, the puma is capable of an unimaginable, penetrating scream.  Largest of the North American wild cats, a male can weigh over 200 pounds and measure 8’ from nose to tip of tail.  

Mountain lions are remarkably adaptable to a wide range of habitats from Canada to South America including northern alpine forests, deserts and tropical forests.  They have keen eyesight and are amazingly fast;  they can jump vertically up to 15’ and horizontally up to 40’!  Formerly distributed throughout North America the mountain lion is now mostly found in remote areas of the western U.S. and western Canada and much of Mexico.  A small populaion still exists in southern Florida where the species is considered endangered.  Once hunted to near extinction, mountain lion populations are making a comeback.  

Mountain lions are solitary creatures and are most active at dawn, dusk and at night when they roam their home area in search of prey.  They commonly select deer as their prey of choice but they also hunt wild hogs, raccoons, rabbits, porcupines, elk, bighorn sheep, rodents and birds.  The secretive cougar prefers to ambush their prey often from behind.

Can we learn the lesson that this beautiful and unique predator has for us;  balance? 

artwork by Jane Jaskevich