mountain lion

(Puma concolor)

Conservation Status
mountain lion
Photo by Ramona Abrego
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N3 - Vulnerable

S3 - Vulnerable

     
  Minnesota

Special Concern

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total length: 34 to 61

Tail: 21 to 32

 
     
 

Sign

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Mostly emote, heavily forested areas, also agricultural areas

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

18 to 20 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Mostly deer

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

6, 15, 29, 30, 76.

According to the Minnesota DNR, “there is no evidence of a viable breeding population in Minnesota.” The map at left includes sightings verified by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources..

 
  3/9/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Occasional visitor

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Laurasiatheria  
  Order Carnivora (carnivores)  
  Suborder Feliformia (cat-like carnivores)  
 

Family

Felidae (cat)  
 

Subfamily

Felinae (small cats)  
 

Genus

Puma  
       
 

This species was formerly named Felis concolor, placed in the genus with the domestic cat In 1993 its name was changed to Puma concolor, placing it in the genus with jaguarundi, a mammal only slightly larger than the domestic cat.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Until recently, 32 subspecies were recognized. In 2000, mitochondrial DNA analysis showed that most of those are too similar to deserve subspecies recognition. There are currently only six subspecies recognized, only one, eastern cougar (Puma concolor couguar), occurs in North America north of Latin America.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) concluded in 2011 that the eastern cougar (Puma concolor couguar) has been extinct since the 1930s. Subsequent sightings in the eastern United States, according to USFWS, represent individuals that escaped or were released from captivity, individuals of a western subspecies that have wandered east, misidentification of smaller cat species, and deception or self-deception (ala “bigfoot” sightings).

 
       
 

Argentine cougar (Puma concolor cabrerae)

Costa Rican cougar (Puma concolor costaricensis)

Eastern South American cougar (Puma concolor anthonyi)

North American cougar (Puma concolor couguar)

Northern South American cougar (Puma concolor concolor)

Southern South American cougar (Puma concolor puma)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Felis concolor

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

cougar

mountain lion

panther

puma

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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  Pumas (Cougars, Mountain Lions)
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  North American cougar
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Published on Jan 5, 2017

The North American cougar (Puma concolor couguar), is the cougar subspecies once commonly found in eastern North America and still prevalent in the western half of the continent.As well as several previous subspecies of cougar of the western United States and western Canada, Puma concolor couguar encompasses the remaining populations of the eastern cougar, where the cat was also known as the panther, the only unequivocally known of which is the critically endangered Florida panther population. Many extinct populations, such as the Wisconsin cougar, which was extirpated in 1925, are also included in the subspecies.

 
     
  Mountain Lion Biology
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Uploaded on May 12, 2011

The Mountain Lion Foundation presents information about the biology and behavior of America's Lion, the mountain lion which is also known as cougar, panther, puma, painter, tyger, ghost walker, klandagi, cuguacuarana, leopardo, catamount, koe-ishto, ko-icto, el leon, mountain cat, mountain screamer, felis concolor, and puma concolor.

 
     

 

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  Puma Concolor Couguar
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Uploaded on Aug 11, 2011

Mountain Lion (Puma concolor couguar) being trapped.

   
       
  Cougars: From the Mountains to Hollywood | Nat Geo Live
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Published on Jan 27, 2014

Wildlife photographer Steve Winter combines patience and groundbreaking technology to photograph North America's elusive and nocturnal big cat.

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  Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct
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Uploaded on Mar 11, 2011

The eastern cougar has been declared extinct, according to a report issued this past week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

   
       
  Mountain Lion Stand Off With Hiker
Trevor Rasmussen
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 16, 2015

Here is my standoff with a mountain lion that happened last summer in Glacier National Park. I did see the abscess when filming it and the first thing I did when I got out of the woods was report it to some rangers. I showed them the video, the abscess and told them the location where it happened. Fortunately it was in a place that was easy enough to remember and the park rangers were on top of it. :)

I was carrying bear spray.

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