Facts about Cougars
British Columbia is also known as the 'Cougar Island' because of the highest number of cougar attacks reported there.
While the male is also referred to as Mountain Lion, the females are called she-Mountain Lions.
On an average, only one out of six cougar cubs survive to reach adulthood.
There is a difference in the structure of the voice box or the larynx, because of which the cougars can't roar. They produce a high pitched scream. This shrill scream has earned them a place in American folklore.
Cougars are solitary hunters that live in pairs during the mating season.
If these cats can't finish their kill at one go, they hide their meal under leaves or behind the bushes to return to it later.
A hybrid of cougar and a leopard is known as a pumapard. The hybridization was done in the late 1890s and early 1910s in Germany.
Despite their great adaptability, the population of this magnificent animal is fast dwindling. The main reason behind this is loss of its habitat and prey. Also conflicts with human is a threat to their survival, as human beings keep pushing into their territory constantly. However, the cougar has made a comeback in the state of Wyoming where its population is the highest.