It's a Cougar! It's a Puma! It's a Mountain Lion! It's a Panther! It's a Catamount! Actually, this creature is referred to as all of those things!
Captured on film is this regal Puma concolor ("cat of one color") that we were lucky enough to have gotten video of in the backcountry of Los Luceros this week. The male Mountain Lion can get up to 150 lbs and can be 8 feet long with females up to 90 lbs and 7 feet long! Mountain Lions have a varied diet that includes reptiles, insects, rodents, and birds but they prefer larger ungulates such as deer, elk and bighorn sheep. As our previous Wildlife Wednesday posts have indicated, we certainly have plenty of Elk and Deer on the property!
Though we are currently closed to the public, it is always good to remember how to be safe is Cat Country. Remember to never run from a Mountain Lion, make sure to appear large, do not hike alone, and NEVER approach wildlife!