Canada through the USA, C and S America to the southern tip of Chile.
Carnivorous. Elks, deer, wild boars, porcupines, rabbits, hares, guanacos, domestic stock, snakes, small birds, fish.
Habitat: Arid mountainous areas, tropical rainforest, cold coniferous forest
Gestation: 92-96 days, 1-6 cubs.
Social structure: solitary, coming together only to mate.
Weight: male 72kg, female 48kg
Dimensions: Length: 1.55 cm, height: 0.70cm
Estimated population in the wild: common
Threats: Conflict with farmers who kill or poison them, to protect their livestock, habitat loss and degradation, prey reduction.
IUCN Status: Least concern
Did you know that:
- The Puma is the largest of the small cats.
- Unlike big cats, they are unable to roar but they can purr.
- They can jump 5.5 meters from the ground into a tree!