The cougar (Puma concolor), also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas. Its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the greatest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types. It is the second-heaviest cat in the New World, after the jaguar. Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although there are daytime sightings. The cougar is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat (subfamily Felinae), than to any species of subfamily Pantherinae, of which only the jaguar is native to the Americas.
The cougar is an ambush predator and pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources are ungulates, particularly deer, but also livestock. It also hunts species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range, yielding to the jaguar, gray wolf, American black bear, and grizzly bear. It is reclusive and mostly avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have recently been increasing in North America as more people enter their territories.
Prolific hunting following European colonization of the Americas and the ongoing human development of cougar habitat has caused populations to drop in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the cougar was extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century, except for an isolated Florida panther subpopulation. Breeding populations have moved east into the far western parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Transient males have been verified in Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Illinois, where a cougar was shot in the city limits of Chicago and, in at least one instance, observed as far east as coastal Connecticut. Reports of eastern cougars(P. c. cougar) still surface, although it was declared extirpated in 2011.
A cougar is a large cat species.
Cougar, The Cougar, Cougars or The Cougars may also refer to:
Cougar is a slang term referring to a woman who seeks sexual activity with younger men.
Cougar is an instrumental post-rock band from Madison, Wisconsin formed in 2003. Formerly on the Madison-based record label Layered Music (the label of Youngblood Brass Band, of which drummer D.H. Skogen is also a member), Cougar is now signed to London label Ninja Tune. Cougar toured the United States, Europe and the UK on the release of their debut album Law during early 2007, including a well-received show in Madison.
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The Cougar is an MRAP and infantry mobility vehicle structured to be resistant to landmines and improvised munitions.
It is a family of armored vehicles produced by Force Protection Inc, which manufactures ballistic and mine-protected vehicles. The vehicles are integrated by Spartan Motors. These vehicles are protected against small arms, land mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) using a combination of design features and materials to protect both the crew and engine compartment against a wide range of attacks. A Monocoque type, V-shaped hull extends to the engine bay and serves to direct the blast away from under the vehicle. The dual air-conditioners help keep heavily dressed troops from overheating in temperatures over in Iraq.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1774, from French couguar, Buffon's adaption (influenced by jaguar) of a word the Portuguese picked up in Brazil as çuçuarana, perhaps from Tupi susuarana, from suasu "deer" + rana "false." Another proposed source is Guarani guaçu ara. Evidently the cedillas dropped off the word before Buffon got it. Slang sense of "older woman (35-plus) who seeks younger males as sex partners" is attested by 2002; said in some sources to have originated in Canada, probably from some reference to predatory feline nature.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Puma \Pu"ma\ (p[=u]"m[.a]), n. [Peruv. puma.] (Zo["o]l.) A large American carnivore ( Felis concolor), found from Canada to Patagonia, especially among the mountains. Its color is tawny, or brownish yellow, without spots or stripes. Called also catamount, cougar, American lion, mountain lion, and panther or painter.
n. 1 A mountain lion; ''Puma concolor''. 2 (context North America slang English) A woman of middle age who actively seeks the casual, often sexual, companionship of younger men, typically less than 35 years old; by implication a female “sexual predator”.
Usage examples of "cougar".
The cougar cub, its nest now awash with water, scrambled from side to side on the tiny island as first one edge, then another submerged.
He shouted something at the cougar, but the creature cowered on its sinking brash, away from the platform and the grasping human arm.
Ignoring the ragged throb in her thighs, Tsia edged toward the cougar slowly.
Wren moved as gently as he could past the cougar to open the door to the hut.
She felt tension creep into her lean body, and beside her, the cougar cub stiffened.
In the gloom of the gale, where the light from the cabin flashed in his eyes and blinded him to the meres, while his nose made him choke with their scents, the cougar sought the only safety he could see: Tsia.
She could see, not just feel through her gate, the cougar that crouched before her.
Wren had to tear her arm from the cougar and thrust it through the strap of her gear bag.
The cougar yowled, and Tsia did not notice that the sound was in her brain, not her ears.
His forelegs barely touched the rim of the hatch, and Wren did not even have time to shift as the cougar whipped on by.
The cougar growled, and the sound amplified the memories until it seemed as if a thousand voices flooded into her mind and deafened her.
In her head, the cougar padded closer, and she felt her hands clench tightly.
In her head, the cougar paced and clawed at her skull until she snapped at him to leave her alone.
If he saw the faint outline of the cougar pressed against the stone, he said nothing.
He was like a cougar just before it pounced, his voice low while his biofield crouched to attack.