About the Magestic American Cougar (Puma concolor)

Each of the four wild cats of North America are beautiful; bobcats, lynxes, jaguars and cougars. However, although the jaguar is close to the same size, it is hard to say that any of the other wild cats is more majestic. It makes little difference if a person calls this big cat a mountain lion, cougar, puma, catamount or any of a number of other names it has been known by, there is little doubt that it is a beautiful and powerful apex predator. Like a lot of other predators, the mountain lion sometimes gets an undeserved bad name. It isn’t the wicked, evil, bloodthirsty killer that some people believe it to be. In fact, in the wild it is rare to even see a mountain lion, much less for anyone to be attacked by one. Attacks do occur, but it is tremendously unusual. Even in the rare event that it does occur, there is almost always something wrong with the great cat, such as illness, infirmity or an animal that is near starvation. As a matter of fact, man is the only predator this beautiful cat has. Cougar diet The majority of the mountain lion’s diet consists of rodents, and for this people should be quite thankful since the population of mice, rats, squirrels, voles, lemmings, hares and rabbits that are the mainstay of the mountain lion’s diet can and periodically do explode enormously. The matter would be far worse without a creature like the cougar to take substantial Continue Reading →

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Leopard and a Jaguar

    It has been mentioned before that a leopard, a jaguar and a mountain lion were different cats that had occasionally been called panthers, and the confusion this could cause. For a lot of people, though, it is very hard to tell the difference between a leopard (Panthera pardus) and a jaguar (Panthera onca), especially if they are seen in a photograph or see them at a zoo. Aside from the fact that both of these animals are big cats, they are actually quite different. It shouldn’t even be difficult to tell them apart, once they are compared to each other. Leopard range and diet Leopards live in the old world, primarily in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In those areas, these cats hunt for prey in grassy areas and forests alike. Besides being skillful at hunting and even fishing, leopards seem perfectly happy to scavenge. These are stealth hunters, often dropping onto prey, such as gazelles, from a tree branch or hiding motionless in tall grass until the prey comes close enough that the animal can make a sudden dash and pounce, usually breaking the neck of its victim with a single bite. Baboons are also on the dinner menu, when they are available, and the felines additionally eat rodents and reptiles, too. Leopards are usually quite willing to eat what is left of a hyena or lion kill though, if there is indeed anything left. These cats are powerful enough that they will often drag meat Continue Reading →

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