Other names: cougars are also called pumas, mountain lions, panthers, and many more. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the cougar as the animal with the most names.
Male cougars are 4 to 6 feet long (not including their tails that are about 2 feet long), weighing 150-230 pounds.
Female cougars are 3-5 feet long, weighing 75-135 pounds.
Cougars live about 20 years in captivity, and about 15 in the wild.
Not a social creature: Cougars remain in solitude establishing their own territory and fighting other cougars or big cats that come to their territory. The only exception is during mating season when a male cougar allows a female cougar to live in his territory.
Purrrr! Cougars purr! They are actually the largest cat that purrs.
Cougars are on the endangered-species list. For more information on endangered species, go to Endangered Animal Species.
Cougars are very muscular and great jumpers: .
Cougars can leap up about 15 feet or higher and forward about 40 feet or more, which means they are capable of jumping over busses, RVs, and small houses.
Their back legs are longer than their front legs giving them more power to leap.