Puma, mointain lion

Physical characteristics and distribution

Body length: 105 – 130 cm (without tail)
Weight: females: 35 – 50 kg, males: 50 – 80 kg
Life expectancy: 8 – 20 years
Distribution: North and South America
Habitat: mountains, forest and desert
Species: Individual subspecies endangered: Felis concolor cougar and Felis concolor coryi


Among the small cats the puma is one of the biggest representatives. In contrast to his slender head and body, the paws seem huge. The coat is short, dense and gray to sand-colored. Sometimes it also has a reddish sting. Like many other cats, pumpkin children have a “youthful stain”. This means that the fur is still provided with black and brown spots and stripes on the tail. Probably this drawing helps them not to be seen so quickly by other predators in the wild – especially as long as they are still small and helpless.

Reproduction and development

Mating is not tied to a certain season in the case of the pumas. When a female is raunchy, there are often fierce battles between the male applicants. If the partner is found, the couple for a few days to a heart and a soul. The mountain lions sleep together, hunt together and also roam around together. After mating, both go back to the usual solitary life. 90 to 100 days later, the mother gives birth in a hiding place two to six still speckled boy whose eyes remain closed for about ten days. The female has to provide her with intensive care during this time and can not care so much about the defense of the area during this time. Most of the offspring stay with their mother for one to two years, only then do the young cats set off to look for their own territory. Way of life and behavior Like most other cats also the Puma is a loner. He remains true to his territories and marks them through urine and feces. The males also leave scratch marks on tree trunks. These territories can range from five to 50 square kilometers; Females usually have smaller areas. The magnificent cats are also very adaptable: their habitats can be up to 5,000 meters from sea level. Your activity time depends on the prey. Although pumas are actually considered to be dusk-active, they can endure well into the night before they attack a herd of cattle, because then they are not so heavily guarded. If the shy little cats have to flee themselves (for example, to bears or wolves), they prove their climbing talent and flee to trees.


Quite cat-typical, the prey’s pumas lurk, sneak up on them and then jump their victim lightning fast to kill it with a bite in the neck. Animals that do not catch them on the first try do not pursue them. Although pumas are capable of gigantic jumps of up to six meters, they are not very persistent runners. When it comes to food, the mountain lions are not fussy and eat insects, rodents, birds and lizards in addition to sheep and smaller red deer. It also happens that they attack and eat other predators like foxes.

Hunting style, equipment and countries

Pumas can be hunted in North America (USA and Canada) as well as in South America (Argentina). The hunt for the cougar is very often done with dogs but can also be done on bait. For Puma stronger calibers and bullets with good stopping effect are recommended.

Hunting trip Countries

Argentina Biggame

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