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Fun & Interesting Facts About Mountian Lions
1. The United States is home to one of the largest cats in the world. It roams many of the southern and western states. It is the Mountain Lion
2. The mountain Lion has been known by many additional names including the cougar, pi-teal, and puma. With so many different Indian dialects and so widely spread, each has its own version.
3. The mountain Lion is generally not known to be included in the description of large cats. That is because the Mountain Lion has a much smaller physique than other larger cats.
4. Mountain lions are said to be related to another large cat on the western plains of Africa. The cheetah is considered to be in the same species as the mountain lion even though their evolutions were spread around the world.
5. Mountain Lions like many cats have an amazing ability to climb jump and move swiftly in and out of the hardest to reach places. Some of them have been known to jump as far as 15 meters in one large jump.
6. Mountain lions have a diet made up of smaller creatures. They consume small mice, rabbits, and chipmunks. However, they have been known to take down prey as large as a moose at times. The most common animal they hunt is the deer in their area. This makes the Mountain lions a very diverse and skilled hunter.
7. Like most cats, the Mountain lions love to ambush their prey and pounce on it at just the right moment. This gives them the ability to wait for just the right moment, to reach the neck of their prey bringing it down quickly.
8. When a Mountain lion makes a kill they will usually eat the entire animal in one sitting. However, they have also been known to hide their leftovers and return to them at a later time.
9. Many of the areas that the Mountain lions reside also have an array of larger predators that it is in direct competition with for food. They include jaguars, bears, and humans.
10. With the array, of predator that are in competition with the Mountain lions they have adapted some unique survival techniques to get their prey. For example, they can swim extremely long distances or climb to the highest points in tress with little or no effort.
11. Mountain lions have a very large area and extremely diverse type of prey to eat. However, it is being reported that the mountain lions numbers are decreasing rapidly due to ranchers, human impediment, and ecological changes.
12. Conflicts with humans are increasing daily due to the towns and cities expanding outwards. Mountian Lions, keep getting pushed into smaller and smaller wildlife areas, that are less protected and have fewer food options, because of human encroachment.
13. Mountain lions do not normally attack humans and will avoid them whenever they can. However, there is one area in British Columbia where the attacks are quite numerous. It is on Cougar Island. That is because of the high density population of humans and Mountain lions.