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MOUNTAIN LIONS

Felis concolor

The Mountain Lion is the strong, beautiful cat that is also known as the Cougar, Panther, or Puma. Mountain Lions can live in many different climates - from snowy mountains to steamy rainforests. You can find wild Mountain Lions in most parts of North America, including the mid and south areas of Canada and all but the east side of the U.S. They also live all throughout South America. In fact, they live so many places that they are found over a wider range than any other mammal. Mountains Lion are smaller than Tigers. They are about 5 feet long, not including the tail, and weigh from 80-230 lbs.

Like Tigers, Mountain Lions are carnivores that stalk their prey. They eat all kinds of small animals including rabbits, deer, birds, and rodents. Even though most of the animals they eat are fairly small, Mountain Lions are strong enough to kill even bears. Mountain Lions like to hang out in trees and watch for food. If it sees an animal it would like to eat, it will suddenly jump out of the tree onto its prey!

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Here are some cool facts about Mountain Lions:

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