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Mountain Lion

Felis concolor
Mountain Lion image taken at night from remote sensing camera. Photo by Dan Sharps/USFWS
The Bison Range is home to about 2-3 mountain lions, which are rarely seen by visitors or staff. Remote cameras have documented adult lions along with kittens showing that the Refuge is a viable home for these large predators. Typically the view people see is of a long tail disappearing into the brush as a lion runs across the road.

An interesting fact about mountains lions is their ability to breed and bear young at almost any time of the year. This is due in part to their great ability as a predator. At the Bison Range, they generally feed on deer (especially white-tail deer along Mission Creek) but have been known to take bighorn sheep and other animals. They are particularly known to be one of the few predators that can safely take porcupines. 

Facts About Mountain Lion

Size
Male 156 pounds
Female 97 pounds
Diet
Primarily deer
Lifespan
Up to 18 years in captivity
Reproduction
Anytime of the year
Young (1 litter of 2-3 every other year) born after 90 days gestation
Viewing
Very rarely seen.  Watch along Mission Creek or in forested areas at higher elevations
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2013
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