Here are 12 Interesting Cougar facts.

1-5 Cougar Facts

1. By eating herbivores with seeds in their stomachs and then leaving scat across a large range, cougars are able to plant around 94,000 plants a year. – Source

2. Cougars are the biggest cat that can purr and meow. – Source

3. Former USA president Teddy Roosevelt was the first and only President to kill a cougar with a knife. – Source

4. Puma, Cougar and Mountain Lion are names for the same exact animal. – Source

5. The Argentine cougar won’t defend itself against humans but start trembling, moaning, and crying to implore compassion. – Source

6-10 Cougar Facts

6. Cougar holds the Guinness record for the animal with the highest number of names, with over 40 in English alone. – Source

7. A wild cougar was killed by an SUV in Connecticut. DNA testing proved that it was a western cougar that had traveled from the Black Hills of South Dakota, over 1500 miles away. Ironically, just three months prior the eastern cougar of the Northeast US had been declared extinct. – Source

8. The first cougar was seen in Kentucky since the Civil War was promptly shot dead. – Source

9. Cougars can leap 30 feet from a standstill, and jump 15 feet straight up. – Source

10. Cougars have large paws and proportionally the largest hind legs in the cat family. – Source

11-12 Cougar Facts

11. Cougar size is smallest close to the equator and larger towards the poles. – Source

12. The genetic diversity of cougars in SoCal is tied to whether or not they can cross freeways without getting killed. – Source


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Last Update: February 24, 2018