Cougar

By P.M.

Description

  • About 7-10 feet from head to tail (All About Cougars Physical Characteristics)
  • Weight varies by subspecies (All About Cougars Physical Characteristics)


  • Weight varies by gender (All About Cougars Physical Characteristics)
  • Colors ranging from reddish tawny to tawny grey to chocolate brown (All About Cougars Physical Characteristics)
  • Body structure is similar to that of house cats (Cougar Facts 2)

Food Chain and Habitat

  • Carnivores (Klevansky 24)
  • Eat a variety of meats (Klevansky 44)
  • Hunt their food (Klevansky 24)
  • Live in mountainous climates of north and south america (Klevansky 44)
  • Search for homes in the winter (Klevansky 44)
  • Apex predators (Klevansky 44)

Adaptations

  • Long canine teeth (All about Cougars Skull, Jaws, and Teeth)
  • Increased vision (All About Cougars Skull, Jaws, and Teeth)


  • Decreased sense of smell (All About Cougars Skull, Jaws, and Teeth)
  • Good jumpers (Klevansky 44)
  • Strong legs to chase prey (Klevansky 44)

Reasons for Engangerment and Critical Information

  • Killed by hunting (Cougar Facts Conservation status)


  • Habitat loss lowering populations (Cougar Facts Conservation status)
  • Killed in car accidents (Cougar facts Conservation status)


  • Fragmentation lowering populations (Cougar Facts Conservation status)


  • Killed in protection of crops (Cougar Facts Conservation status)