Saturday, July 08, 2006

Cougars of Big Cat Rescue

The cougar ranges from Canada to the southern tip of South America. Adult males may range over an area of 200 square miles and can travel 15-20 miles per day.

Cougars primarily feed on large mammals and prefer deer and wild boar. Because they compete with hunters, almost 2100 cougars are still being killed each year.

They can run up to 35 mph but only for a few hundred yards. Their preferred method of hunting is to creep up as close to their prey as possible and launch a short spring attack. They are avid swimmers and can leap 18 feet up into a tree.

The Florida Panther is the only member of the cougar family that has been granted protected status because there are less than 60 left in the wild, making this small puma one of the most endangered animals on the planet.