This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the mountain lion (or puma, cougar, and catamount, depending on where youre from).
This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the mountain lion (or puma, cougar, or catamount, depending on where you’re from).
Habitat: various habitats throughout North and South America, including forests, mountains, and swamps (in fact, they are the most widely distributed wild cat in the world, which is why they have so many names)
Mountain lion trivia
Why they’re threatened and what you can do to help
Because of mountain lions’ tendency to hunt livestock, farmers, ranchers, and other hunters nearly wiped out the mountain lion population by the 20th century. Today, some areas have stable populations (such as Canada’s west coast) but many others are still struggling. Currently, they are classified as endangered.
Mountain lions also require a lot of space to allow each animal sufficient hunting territory, so habitat destruction (such as roadway construction) poses a serious threat to them.
You can help mountain lions by supporting conservation efforts in your area or by checking out the World Wildlife Fund for more information (they even offer a symbolic adoption option).