The newest member of the Wildlife Park has at last arrived!
She’s a six-month-old Cougar, also known as a Mountain Lion, Catamount, Panther or Painter. Her family name is Felidae, her species name is puma con color and her relatives live from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes. She’ll weigh about ninety pounds when she’s full-grown, and stand about twenty-four inches at the shoulder. (A male Cougar can weigh as much as 200 pounds.) She is, of course, a carnivore; in the wild she’d eat deer, moose—and, if she can’t get anything bigger, mice and insects.
For a cat, she’s pretty big—the fourth-largest of all cats behind the Lion, the Tiger and the Jaguar—but technically she’s not a “big cat”. That’s defined as a cat that can roar, which she cannot. She can scream, but not roar—although so far she mostly just purrs.
Cougars once lived in Maine, but civilization and hunting have driven them to the point at which they’re considered officially extinct here in terms of a breeding population. We’re VERY happy she’s here. And she seems to be, too: she claimed a spot under a tree at the highest point of her habitat as her favorite resting place.
Come say hello!
Female Cougar in her new habitat