Puma concolor probably takes the prize for the most variety of names. Mountain lion, puma, American panther, ghost cat, cougar, yeah, they’re all the same thing. If you’re still dropping “Catamount” then you are probably not invited to many dinner parties.
There are actually more than 80 names for the biggest of the small cats. No doubt, due in many ways to their adaptable nature. These kitties are the model of success, with evolution endowing them with the tools to thrive from the Yukon to Patagonia.
A cougar will typically kill a deer/moose/whatever other large critter about 2 times a month. If the cat is living on smaller prey, obviously, it will be hunting more often. These cats aren’t terribly picky eaters, which is not a bad thing in survival terms.
As carnivores go, felids in general have a relatively small number of teeth. If you’ve ever watched your housecat eat, it can’t really chew that well. Their teeth are better suited to tearing and cutting.
Chances are, if you are in one of the Americas, that you’ve been close to a Mountain Lion, and you just didn’t know it. They are solitary ninja-jedi-007-masters who happen to operate most efficiently at dawn and dusk. Crepuscular is the 5-dollar word for that sort of behavior.
Mountain lions don’t actually roar, but they are otherwise rather vocal cats when they want to be. They are known to whistle, scream, purr, yowl, and squeak. Females are actually pretty well known for this “Song of love.” https://youtu.be/pxo8X5uIWRE
Citations sound better when you read them in your best LeVar Burton voice. “But you don’t have to take my word for it.”
Special thanks to the SHSND A&HP.
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Parliamentary of Owls. Mountain Lion Screaming. 2015. https://youtu.be/pxo8X5uIWRE Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
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