Cougar: What You Should Know

The cougar is a species of cat that lives in the wild. He belongs to the small cats. Cougars are only found in North and South America. The puma is also called the silver lion, mountain lion, or kugar. There are about 50,000 animals from him. They are not threatened with extinction.

A male cougar is about 60 centimeters high at the shoulders. From the snout to the rump it measures 70 centimeters to over a meter. The tail is almost as long again. It weighs about 60 kilograms. Females are slightly smaller and lighter.

Cougars are very strong. They can jump more than five meters from the ground. In this way, they can reach the lowest branches of even large trees. This is how they save themselves when they are attacked by a pack of wolves.

Cougars can reach speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour. This is faster than a car is allowed to drive in the cities. With a short spurt, they mainly hunt deer, but also moose, reindeer, mice, rats, raccoons, beavers, and many other animals.

Cougars are loners. They roam vast areas and only meet to mate. The mother carries the young in her belly for about three months. Even before giving birth, the male leaves her again.

The Puma mother usually gives birth to twins or triplets. Each one weighs about 300 to 400 grams, about the same weight as three to four bars of chocolate. The young drink milk from their mother. At about seven weeks, they also eat meat. After a little less than two years, they leave the family.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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