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Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion

Puma concolor

Family

Felidae, cat family

Conservation Status

Least concern, IUCN

Distribution

Historically – Coast to Coast in North America and from southern Argentina to south eastern Alaska. Currently – Extirpated from most of eastern North America

Habitat

Wide variety of habitats including montane coniferous forests, lowland tropical forests, grassland, dry brush country, swamps

Factoid

Despite its size, it is more closely related to the small cats, and like them, purrs (due to an ossified hyoid bone in the throat) and cannot roar.

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