Ghost cat. Catamount. Puma. Painter. Panther. Mountain lion.
Cougar. The many names given the nation's largest cat convey the mystery surrounding this solitary hunter. But the variety of
names also demonstrates the cougar's original distribution across the North American continent and from southern Canada to the tip of South
Once the most widely distributed land mammal in the Western Hemisphere, cougars have been eliminated in most of
their native habitat. Only western cougars still live in large enough numbers to maintain breeding populations, and they live on wild lands in the
western United States and Canada. Observations of western cougars provide biologists with information for the cats that once lived east of the