Five Interesting Facts We Aren’t Lion About….
Mountain lion season is something that many Montana hunters look forward to each year. How much do you know about these felines that you hunt?
Take a look at the following five facts about these big, beautiful cats and let us know if you learned something:
- The cougar, also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region, holds the Guinness record for the animal with the highest number of names. It has over 40 names in English alone!
- Cougar size is smallest close to the equator and larger towards the poles.
- Only females are involved in parenting and they are fiercely protective of their cubs.
- Aside from humans, no species preys upon mature cougars in the wild. The cat is not, however, the apex predator throughout much of its range. In its northern range, the cougar interacts with other powerful predators such as the brown bear and gray wolf. In the south, the cougar must compete with the larger jaguar. In Florida it encounters the American Alligator.
- The cougar can run as fast as 35 to 45 mi/h but is best adapted for short, powerful sprints rather than long chases.
(Information via twistedsifter.com; Photo via freewallsource.com)