Mountain Lion, Felis Concolor

 

The crew of the Ulysses is happy to announce that we are now the proud adoptive parents of the Mountain Lion for 2003, courtesy of The Living Desert endangered species program! Check out this magnificent and beautiful animal below.
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Mountain Lion, Felis Concolor

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What does it look like?


One of the largest cats in North America, mountain lions (also known as cougars or pumas) can be up to six feet in length, exclusive of their tails.

  1. Males weigh from 130 to 160 pounds, females average around 90 pounds.
  2. Dorsal fur coloration generally is yellowish red becoming lighter at the flanks, with reddish or dull white underbelly.
  3. Handsome marking on their relatively small heads include a black spot above each eye, black on the sides of their muzzles and back of the ears.
  4. Sometimes a grayish or reddish median patch appears behind the ears, while upper lips, chins and throats are white.
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Where in the world?


Once spread all across North America, mountain lions now range from Alaska to Rocky Mountain states, Texas and New Mexico, and along the coastal ranges of California, Oregon and Washington. Mountain lions exists in almost any place offering sufficient prey and adequate cover. They are equally at home in coniferous forest, swampy jungles, tropical forest, open grasslands, dry brush and semi-deserts.


What do they eat?


Outstanding hunters, mountain lions are carnivores, well adapted for capturing and killing live prey. They need a large, steady supply of calories to survive, but tend to eat in periodic gorging rather that every day. In a single session, males can consume as much as 80 pounds of meat, or one-half of their body weight.


What Characteristics And Behaviors?


Female mountain lions are known for terrifying human like “screams”, while males make whistling sounds. More catlike utterances include purring, mewing, hissing, spitting and low growls, all intensified in proportion to their size.

Except during mating, mountain lions are solitary animals. Males may stake out ranges covering a radius of 100 miles, depending on the kind of terrain. Longevity has been estimated at 10 to 12 in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

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What About Offspring?


One of the great wanderers, mountain lions do not have fixed dens except during mating. Mating can take place any time during the year. After a 90 – 96 day gestation, females give birth to 3 or 4 cubs in a maternity den lined with moss or vegetation. Dens may be rock shelters, among rocks, thickets, in caves or other protected places.

At birth, cubs weigh about 12 ounces, and are born with eyes closed, opening fully after 2 weeks. Kittens are raised only by mothers and remain with her for one year, sometimes two. Although considered mature at one year, cubs begin mating by their third year.


Is It Threatened or Endangered?


For many years mountain lions were bounty hunted, considered a threat to livestock, but now are fully protected where rare, and classified game animals are abundant.

Information on the Mountain Lion is courtesy of The Living Desert website.
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Up Close and Personal Visit, March 8, 2003

Below are pictures of our Up Close and Personal visit with Reno, the mountain lion, at the Living Desert March 8, 2003. At our current adoption level, all adoptees are allowed this kind of visit with their animals, and we certainly cherished this opportunity to come so close to the animals we love. Our Away Mission page also links to this event, so links have been provided to return to the Away Missions pages. Please explore and enjoy our website!

The gang’s all here! Left to right, Pam, Gene, Juanita, Michael, and Phyllis.

Me, in front of the gang. Left to right, Pam, Gene, Mandy, Juanita, and Michael.

Top, a VIP escort to the pens behind the veterinarian hospital. Verrry, verrry nice.
Right, Reno, our star, paces up to the fence looking for a handout.

Reno looks straight at the invaders into his world.

Reno checks out the other visitors to his world.

Juanita crouches with a gamekeeper next to Reno’s pen. Good thing, or she wouldn’t have been able to resist poking a finger in to pet him!

After our short visit, we were given a VIP escort to our cars. We just love that.
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  One Response to “Mountain Lion, Felis Concolor”

  1. I loved Reno so much. He passed away 2 weeks after his 21st birthday and it was a great loss to the Living Desert as well as myself and the Ulysses.
    Vice-Fleet Admiral Gamble