Mountain Lion Footprint Cast

Description

Mountain Lion Footprint Cast measures 2.9 inches. The Mountain Lion Footprint Cast is a great aid for educational purposes. They are made of extremely durable plastic, are actually cast from the authentic footprints left behind by each animal described.Animal Tracks are an invaluable asset to science teachers, naturalists and zoos.

The cougar (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.

Cougar 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. Infants are spotted and born with blue eyes and rings on their tails; juveniles are pale and dark spots remain on their flanks.

The head of the cat is round and the ears are erect. Its powerful forequarters, neck, and jaw serve to grasp and hold large prey. It has five retractable claws on its forepaws (one a dewclaw) and four on its hind paws.

Cougars have large paws and proportionally the largest hind legs in Felidae, allowing for their great leaping and short-sprint ability. The cougar’s top running speed ranges between 40 and 50 mph but is best adapted for sprints rather than long chases. It is adept at climbing. Although it is not strongly associated with water, it can swim. The cougar has the largest range of any wild land animal in the Americas.

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 2.9 × 2.9 in
Mountain Lion Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Puma
Species: P. concolor
Binomial name: Puma concolor
Conservation status: Least concern – A least concern species is a species that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as evaluated as not being a focus of species conservation. They do not qualify as threatened, near threatened, or (before 2001) conservation dependent.

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