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Cougar Footprint Cast Animal Tracks are an invaluable asset to science teachers, naturalists and zoos. The Cougar Footprint Cast are great educational plaques, made of extremely durable plastic, are actually cast from the authentic footprints left behind by each animal described. Mountain Lion puma concolor. Footprint measures 8.6×6.69 inches.
The Cougar or Puma concolor is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae. It is native to the Americas. Its range spans from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes in South America, and is the widest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. It is an adaptable, generalist species, occurring in most American habitat types. Due to its wide range, it has many names including mountain lion, puma, red tiger, and catamount.
The Cougar or Puma concolor coloring is plain (hence the Latin concolor) but can vary greatly across individuals and even siblings. The coat is typically tawny like that of the lion, which is why it was initially called the “mountain lion”, but it ranges from silvery-grey or reddish with lighter patches on the under-body, including the jaws, chin, and throat. Cougar or Puma concolor infants are spotted and born with blue eyes and rings on their tails; juveniles are pale and dark spots remain on their flanks.
The Cougar or Puma concolor is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources are ungulates, particularly deer. It also hunts species as small as insects and rodents.
This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. It has killed to lone jaguars, American black bears, and grizzly bears, American alligators (Florida Panther predation mainly), and to groups of gray wolves.
The Cougar or Puma concolor is reclusive and mostly avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have recently been increasing in North America as more people enter cougar territories, and build developments such as farms in their established territory.
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