Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mammal Monday -- mountain lions

Maybe you saw this video of a family of mountain lions having a drink on a Colorado family's deck:

So let's take a look at mountain lions (Puma concolor), or cougars/pumas, for today's Mammal Monday.  This cat, the largest in North America, has a range spanning from Canada all the way to Argentina. They're usually solitary animals who can defend a territory from 10 to over 300 square miles.  As you can see from the video, they have litters of 2 to 4 offspring that can stay with the female for 1 to 2 years.  Mountain lions are considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act, with the biggest threats to the species being habitat destruction and conflicts with livestock.  Want to learn more?  Check out the National Wildlife Federation's page on the species.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Those paws are huge!! ��