Cougar

(Puma concolor)

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STATUS: Native, “Least Concern”

DESCRIPTION: They are 24-35 inches tall at the shoulders and can reach 8 feet from nose to tail tip. They can weigh 64 to 220 pounds. They have tawny fur with a light underbelly.

DIET: Hoofed animals, especially deer, small mammals, insects, and rodents.

HABITAT: Dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also be found in open areas. It has the widest range of any wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. It used to be abundant across the US, but due to hunting, it is now rarely found East of the Rockies.

NOTES: It is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey.

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