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Photograph - Home Decor And Giclee Wall Art By Chris Flees
This is a portrait image of an american cougar (puma Concolor). The cougar has been called a mountain lion, panther, puma, and catamount. These animals are the exact same mammal. Cougars are ambush predators and eat animals such as deer, moose and elk. They are surprisingly larger than one would expect with the average animal weighing in at about 140 lbs. They have very keen hearing. In this image the cougar is showing that it can move its ears to hear sound bother laterally and horizontally.
American cougars, also known as mountain lions or pumas, are large wild cats native to North America. Here are some interesting facts about American cougars:
Range and Habitat: American cougars have one of the most extensive ranges of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. They are found from Canada to Argentina, including various habitats such as forests, mountains, deserts, and swamps. They can adapt to a wide range of environments.
Size and Appearance: American cougars are one of the largest wild cats in North America. Adult males can reach lengths of 7 to 9 feet (2.1 to 2.7 meters) from nose to tail and weigh between 120 to 220 pounds (54 to 100 kilograms). Females are smaller, typically weighing between 80 to 130 pounds (36 to 59 kilograms). They have a slender and agile body, with a long tail and muscular legs.
Solitary Behavior: American cougars are solitary animals, and each individual requires a large territory to roam and hunt. They are highly territorial and mark their territories with scent markings to communicate with other cougars. Male territories can overlap with several female territories.
Hunting and Diet: Cougars are carnivorous predators and have a diverse diet. They primarily prey on deer, but can also hunt other mammals, such as elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and smaller animals like rabbits, rodents, and birds. They are stealthy hunters and rely on their powerful hind legs for leaping and pouncing on prey.
Nocturnal and Crepuscular: American cougars are primarily nocturnal and crepuscular, meaning they are most active during the night and dawn/dusk periods. This allows them to avoid human activity and encounter prey more easily.
Communication: Cougars use various vocalizations, such as screams, growls, and hisses, to communicate with each other. They also utilize body postures and scent markings to establish territories and communicate with other cougars in the area.
Conservation Status: The conservation status of American cougars varies across their range. They are not currently listed as a threatened species overall, but some subpopulations are declining due to habitat loss, fragmentation, hunting, and conflicts with humans. Local conservation efforts focus on protecting their habitats, managing human-cougar interactions, and implementing hunting regulations.
Mythology and Cultural Significance: Cougars hold cultural significance in various indigenous cultures throughout their range. They have been revered as powerful and symbolic animals associated with spiritual significance, hunting prowess, and the natural world.
American cougars are magnificent and elusive predators that play an important role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems they inhabit. Protecting their habitats and managing human-cougar interactions are crucial for their long-term survival and the conservation of biodiversity.
May 17th, 2015
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