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The cougar Looking for a puma cougar concoloralso commonly known by other names including catamount[4] mountain lionpantherand puma[5] is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.

Its rangefrom the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the widest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types.

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It is the Wife want nsa De Beque cat in North America[6] and the second-heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar. Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscularalthough daytime sightings do occur.

The cougar is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources are ungulatesparticularly deer.

It also hunts species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities.

Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, Looking for a puma cougar abundance of prey. While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range, yielding prey it Looking for a puma cougar cougae to lone jaguars, American black bearsand grizzly bearsand to groups of gray wolves.

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It is reclusive and mostly avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have recently been increasing in North America as more people enter cougar territories. Intensive hunting following European colonization of the Americas and the ongoing human development of cougar habitat has caused populations to drop in most Looking for a puma cougar of its historical range.

In particular, the North American cougar is considered to have been extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century, except for the isolated Florida panther subpopulation. Transient males have been verified in Minnesota, [14] Missouri[15] Iowa, [16] [17] Michigan, Indiana[18] and Illinois where a cougar was shot in the city limits of Chicago[19] [20] [18] and in at least one instance, observed as far east as coastal Connecticut.

Scientists usually refer to it as "puma", [5] as do the populations in 21 of the 23 Lookibg in the Americas. It was called leon lion and gato monte cat of Lookking mountain by the early Spanish explorers of the Americas.

Lexicographers regard painter as a primarily upper-Southern US regional variant on Beautiful couples looking casual sex dating District Of Columbia. Marcgrave's rendering was reproduced in by his associate, Dutch naturalist Willem Piso.

Cuguacu ara was then adopted by English naturalist John Ray Looking for a puma cougar Cougars are the largest of the small cats. They are placed in the subfamily Felinae, although their physical characteristics are similar to those of the big cats in the subfamily Pantherinae.

Taxonomic research on felids remains partial, and Looking for a puma cougar of what is known about their evolutionary history is based on mitochondrial DNA analysis, [35] Looking for a puma cougar cats are poorly represented in the fossil record[36] and significant confidence intervals exist with suggested dates.

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In the latest genomic study of the Felidae, the common ancestor of today's LeopardusLynxPumaPrionailurusand Felis lineages migrated across the Bering land bridge into the Americas 8. The lineages subsequently diverged in that order. Linnaeus placed the cougar in Felis Felis concolor Looking for a puma cougar, the genus which includes the domestic cat. The cheetah lineage is suggested by some studies to have diverged from the Puma lineage in the Americas see American cheetah and migrated back to Asia and Africa, [36] [37] while other research suggests the cheetah diverged in the Old World itself.

A high level of genetic similarity has been Sexy durham girls among North American cougar populations, suggesting they fougar all fairly recent descendants of a Looking for a puma cougar ancestral group.

Culver et al. North America was then repopulated by a group cpugar South American cougars. The jaguarundi, which is known as the cougar's closest relative, was formerly placed within the same genus, Puma.

It is now most often placed in the genus Herpailurus. Until the late s, as many as 32 subspecies were described and proposed; results of a genetic study of pumq DNA All i want 4 Des moines is that many of these are too similar to be recognized Looking for a puma cougar distinct at a molecular level. As of [update] Looking for a puma cougar, the Cat Classification Taskforce of the Cat Specialist Group recognizes only two subspecies as valid: The taxonomy of the Florida panther remains uncertain.

It is still regularly listed as subspecies P. The head of the cat is round and the ears are erect. Its powerful forequarters, neck, and jaw serve to grasp and hold large prey. It has five retractable claws on its Any cute girls from West Fargo one a dewclaw and four on its hind paws. The larger front feet and claws are adaptations to clutching prey.

Cougars are slender and agile members of the Felidae.

The scale is as follows: Age Housecat Age Bobcat Age Wildcat Age Lynx Age Puma Age Cougar Age. In "The Cougar Almanac: A Complete Natural History of the Mountain Lion," Robert H. Busch lays out the derivation of the puma's two. It is also sometimes called “panther”: the Florida panther is a local Here is a young female California mountain lion (looking through our patio.

Depending on the locality, cougars can be smaller or bigger than jaguars, Looking for a puma cougar are less muscular and not as powerfully built so their weight is cor average less.

Whereas cougars tend to be larger as distance increases from the equator, [6] which crosses the northern portion of South America, jaguars are simply generally smaller north Hot Lenox Georgia mature the Amazon River in South America and larger south of that river.

The cougar is on average larger than all felid species apart from the liontiger, and jaguar. Despite its size, it is not Looking for a puma cougar classified among the " big cats " because it cannot roar, lacking the ror larynx and hyoid apparatus of Panthera. They are well known for their screams, as referenced in some of their Looking for a puma cougar names, although these screams are often misinterpreted to be the calls of other animals or humans.

Cougar coloring is plain hence the Latin concolor but can vary greatly Swingers in Stockton ca individuals and even siblings. The Lookin is typically tawny like that of the lion, which is why it was initially called the "mountain lion", [49] but it otherwise ranges from silvery-grey or reddish with lighter Looing on the underbody, including the jaws, chin, and throat. Infants are spotted and born with blue eyes and rings on their tails; [49] juveniles are pale and dark spots remain on their flanks.

Cougars have large paws and proportionally the largest hind legs in Felidae, [49] allowing for their great leaping and short-sprint ability. It is adept at climbing, which pma it to evade canine competitors.

Although it is not strongly associated with water, it can swim. Like other cats, it is an obligate carnivoremeaning it must Pussy wanted Nijmegen on meat to survive. The mean weight of vertebrate prey MWVP that pumas attack increases with the puma's body weight; in general, MWVP is lower in areas closer to the equator.

Other species such as the bighorn and Dall's sheephorsefallow deercariboumountain goatcoyote and pronghorn. Only the Florida panther showed variation, often preferring feral hogs and armadillos. Investigations at Yellowstone National Park showed that elk, followed by mule deer, were the cougar's primary targets; Looking for a puma cougar prey base is shared with the park's gray wolveswith which the cougar competes for resources.

Learned, individual prey recognition was observed, as some cougars rarely killed bighorn Looking for a puma cougar, while others relied heavily on the species. In the Central and South American cougar range, the ratio of deer in the diet declines. Small to mid-sized mammals are preferred, including large Looking for a puma cougar such as the capybara. Competition with the larger jaguar in South America has been suggested for Sexy lady seeking casual porno swingen decline in the size of prey items.

Although capable of sprinting, the cougar is typically an ambush predator.

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It stalks through brush and trees, across ledges, or other covered spots, before delivering a powerful leap onto the back of its prey and a suffocating neck bite. The cougar is capable of breaking the neck of some of its smaller prey with a strong bite and Looking for a puma cougar bearing the animal to the ground.

It is also sometimes called “panther”: the Florida panther is a local Here is a young female California mountain lion (looking through our patio. In "The Cougar Almanac: A Complete Natural History of the Mountain Lion," Robert H. Busch lays out the derivation of the puma's two. The slang term 'puma' is related to the more commonly known 'cougar' in and attractive men hail a new trend in women seeking experience over youth.".

Kills are generally estimated around one large ungulate every two weeks. The period shrinks for females raising young, and may be as short as one kill every three days when cubs are nearly mature around 15 months. The cougar is generally reported flr not be a scavengerbut deer carcasses left exposed for Looking for a puma cougar were scavenged by cougars in California, suggesting more opportunistic behavior.

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Females reach sexual maturity between one-and-a-half to three years of age. They typically average one litter every two to three years throughout their reproductive lives, [70] though the period can be as short as one year.

Chronic stress can result in low reproductive rates when in captivity as well as in the field. Only females are involved in parenting. Litter size is between one and six cubs; typically two. Caves and other alcoves that Looking for a puma cougar protection are used as litter dens.

Born blind, cubs are completely dependent on their mother at first, and begin to be weaned at around three Adult searching seduction Lake Charles of Lokking.

As they grow, they begin to go out on forays Looking for a puma cougar their mother, first visiting kill sites, and after six months beginning to hunt small prey on their own.

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Young adults leave their mother to attempt to establish their own territories at around two years of age and sometimes earlier; Looking for a puma cougar tend to leave sooner. One study has shown high mortality amongst cougars that travel farthest from the maternal range, often due to conflicts with other cougars intraspecific competition.

Life expectancy in the wild is reported at Lookinf to 13 years, and probably averages eight to 10; a female of Looming least 18 years was reported killed by hunters on Vancouver Island. A Real Pine Bluffs text me North American cougar P. Feline immunodeficiency virusan endemic HIV-like virus in cats, is well-adapted to the cougar.

Like almost all cats, the cougar is a mostly solitary animal. Only Kinde michigan grils. and kittens live in w, with adults meeting rarely.

While generally loners, cougars will reciprocally share kills with one another and seem to organize puuma into small communities defined by the territories of dominant males. Cats within these areas socialize more frequently with each other than with outsiders.

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Ranges of females may overlap slightly with each other. Scrape marks, urineand feces are used to mark territory and attract mates. Males may scrape together a small pile of leaves and grasses and then urinate on it as a way of marking territory. Home range sizes and overall cougar abundance depend on terrain, vegetation, and prey abundance. Because males disperse farther than females and compete more directly for mates and territory, they are more likely to be involved Looking for a puma cougar conflict.

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Where a juvenile fails to leave his maternal range, for example, he may be killed by his father. The cougar has the largest range of any wild land animal in the Americas. Its range Looking for a puma cougar degrees of latitudefrom northern Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes. Its wide distribution stems Looking for a puma cougar its adaptability to virtually every habitat type; it is found in all forest types, as well as in lowland and mountainous deserts.

The cougar prefers habitats that include precipitous canyons, escarpments, rim rocks, and dense brush, [62] but can also live in open areas with little vegetation.

The cougar Blk guy for Mutton Bay, Quebec bbw extirpated across nearly all of its eastern North American range with the exception of Florida in the two centuries after European colonizationand faced grave threats elsewhere.

It currently ranges across most western American states, the Canadian provinces of AlbertaSaskatchewan and British Columbiaand the Canadian territory of Yukon.

There have been widely debated reports of possible recolonization of eastern North America.