Cougar

The Cougar is known by many names including Mountain Lion, Catamount, Puma and Panther. It is found from the Yukon to the southern Andes in South America. It has been extirpated from eastern North America except for a small population in Florida. It is also suspected to still live in northern Quebec and northern Ontario. They prefer dense habitats and rocky areas. Cougars are solitary animals.

The Cougar is the second larges cat in the Americas (after the Jaguar). Males stand 60 – 90 cm (24 -35 in) at the shoulder with an average length of 1.5 – 2.75 m (4.9 – 9 ft) head to tail. They weigh 53 – 100 kg (115 – 220 lb).

They are exclusive carnivores and eat a wide variety of animals from large deer and elk to mice. Studies have shown 68% of their diet is deer.

Females give birth to 1 – 6 young who stay with her for about two years before striking out on their own.

Cougar @ Safari Niagara

  • The two Cougars who call Safari Niagara home are named Axel and Zoey.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivera
Family: Felidae
Genus: Puma
Species: Puma concolor

Did you know?

  • There are 6 recognized subspecies of the cougar, five of which are in Latin America.
  • Some authorities believe that the cougar never truly disappeared from Ontario – it just disappeared from sight!