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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Felis
Genus species:Felis concolor

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:99-160 cm
Weight:67-103 kg
Identification:The coat of the mountain lion can range from tawny to gray-brown in color.
Habitat:Mountains, forests, swamps, grasslands
Diet:Carnivore: moose, elk, white-tailed deer, caribou, mule deer, some small mammals
Reproduction:Mountain lions mate between December and March. After gestating for 82-96 days, the female gives birth to two to four cubs in her den. The cubs are weaned at 40 days of age.
These are solitary cats.
Behavior:Mountain lions are nocturnal.
Status:Threatened: some populations are endangered, mountain lions are hunted for their high trophy value and are considered a threat to livestock
Interesting Facts:The mountain lion used to be plentiful in much of the United States. It could even be found as far north as the Great Lakes and up into Maine and lower Canada.

Other Information

Geographic:Western North America
Southern North America
South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:feline
Mountain lion
Cougar
Puma
South American puma
cat
Puma (Genus)
Felidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals