mountain lion

(Puma concolor)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N3 - Vulnerable

S3 - Vulnerable

Minnesota

Special Concern

Occurrence

Occasional visitor

Habitat

Mostly emote, heavily forested areas, also agricultural areas

Lifespan

18 to 20 years

Size

Total length: 34 to 61

Tail: 21 to 32


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Food

Mostly deer

 
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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 shows confirmed sightings.


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Taxonomy
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.

Subspecies
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).


Taxonomy

Order:

Carnivora (carnivores)

 

Suborder:

Feliformia

 

Family:

Felidae (cat)

 

Subfamily:

Felinae

 

Tribe:

Acinonychini

 
Subordinate Taxa

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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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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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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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
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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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