Range and Habitat: Cougars are found in a wide variety of habitats across North America, Mexico, Central and South America.
Life Span: Up to 20 years
Status in the Wild: Least Concern
Threats to Survival: Cougars are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and poaching of their wild prey.
- Cougars are known by many names such as puma, mountain lion,painter, panther, and catamount. This beautiful cat is solitary and quite secretive.
- The cougar is one of the most adaptive cat species. It can be found in a wide variety of habitats, from the mountains to sea level, in grasslands and swamps, from North America to South America.
- Cougars are the largest of the small cat species and the second largest cat in the western hemisphere behind the jaguar, which is a big cat species. Cougars can hiss, growl and purr like domestic cats but can also make a loud vocalization that sounds like a human scream.