Cougar

Felis concolor

Cougar’s scientific name Felis concolor, means the cat of one colour. They are large cats found throughout the western hemisphere from northern BC to Patagonia in southern Argentina and Chile. Because of their wide-ranging distribution, cougars have many names including mountain lion, puma, deer tiger, catamount, Indian devil, Mexican lion, and ghost of the Rockies, among others.

Characteristics

Male cougars can grow up to 2.7 metres (9 feet) and can weigh over 90 kgs (200 lbs). Females are slightly smaller, weighing around 56 kgs (125 lbs). In BC, their fur colour ranges from red-brown to grey-brown with a white underside…

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