INTRODUCTION Our report is all about mountain lions. If you are interested, keep listening. If not, well, too bad! Mountain lions are large members of the cat family that live in North and South America. Some people call them cougars, pumas, or catamounts.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE FIVE TO NINE FEET LONG. THEY HAVE TAN FUR WITH LIGHTER FUR UNDERNEATH, AND A BLACK TIP ON THEIR TAIL. MOUNTAIN LIONS HAVE A LONG BODY AND TAIL. THEIR TAIL IS ABOUT 3 FEET LONG. MOUNTAIN LIONS HAVE LONG TIPPED CLAWS THAT ARE CURVED. THE BOTTOM OF A MOUNTAIN LION’S FEET HAVE NO FUR.
When mountain lions run, their claw prints don’t show. When they walk their hind feet go in the tracks that their front feet made, making an over lapping pattern. It looks similar to the tracks made by human feet. Dogs tracks are more even and they have claw prints because cats can retract their claws and dogs can’t. Mountain lions can jump 15 feet high and they can jump 40 feet forward in one jump. These are pictures of mountain lion tracks. LOCOMOTION (MOVEMENT)
MOUNTAIN LION DIET/FOOD CHAIN MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE CARNIVORES. THEY WILL EAT DEER, RABBITS, COYOTES, RACCOONS, AND EVEN PEOPLE’S PETS. THERE IS A MOUNTAIN LION THAT LIVES NEAR GRANT’S AUNT’S HOUSE IN UTAH. IT WALKS AROUND THE HOUSE SOMETIMES AT NIGHT TRYING TO EAT HER DOGS. MOUNTAIN LIONS EAT COWS, PIGS, CHICKENS, AND OTHER LIVESTOCK, WHICH IS WHY FARMERS SOMETIMES SHOOT MOUNTAIN LIONS.
HABITAT MOUNTAIN LIONS LIVE MAINLY IN THE WESTERN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA. MOUNTAIN LIONS SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME ON THE GROUND, BUT THEY ARE GOOD AT CLIMBING TREES. THEY LIKE PLACES WHERE THEY ARE AWAY FROM HUMANS AND A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN HIDE.
ADAPTATIONS THE VISION OF MOUNTAIN LIONS IS VERY POWERFUL. THEY HAVE GREAT NIGHT VISION. THEY HAVE GREAT HEARING. THEY CAN’T SMELL VERY WELL, WHICH IS AN ADAPTATION BECAUSE AS THEIR NOSE GOT SMALLER, THEIR BITE POWER WAS ABLE TO GROW STRONGER.
MOUNTAIN LION LIFE CYCLE CUB YOUNG ADULT ADULT PRODUCE BABIES BABY
MOUNTAIN LION SPECIES SURVIVAL MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE NOT ENDANGERED. THERE ARE ABOUT 30,000 IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. THERE ARE SO MANY IN SOME PLACES THAT THEY ARE DYING OF STARVATION. IN NEVADA, HUNTERS KILL ABOUT PER YEAR. THEY HAVE BEEN PROTECTED IN NEVADA SINCE 1965.
MOUNTAIN LION FUN FACTS MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE THE LARGEST CATS THAT CAN STILL PURR! MOUNTAIN LIONS HAVE THE MOST NAMES OF ANY ANIMAL IN THE WORLD—OVER 40 JUST IN ENGLISH, ACCORDING TO THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS.
CONCLUSION MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE THE MOST INTERESTING ANIMALS IN NEVADA. THEY ARE VERY SMART, COOL ANIMALS!