Extinct Animal Species Native to the US
American Cheetah is an extinct genus of large cats. It was native to North America during the Pleiotocene era. The American cheetah held at least two species in its genus that are similar to modern cheetahs. American Cheetah was possibly the most similar to modern cheetahs. It lived on prairies and most likely hunted animals like pronghorn. Originally, American Cheetahs were thought to be an early cougar, but was reclassified in the 1970’s as a close relative of the cheetah. Its estimated body weight is 156 pounds, head and body Length is 5.6 ft, tail length is 3 ft, and height at shoulder is 33 in.