Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Cougars are known by many different names, depending on the region: puma, mountain lion, or panther. While its range used to stretch throughout North America, today they are found only in the western US and Canada -- although a small subspecies (the Florida panther) remains in Florida everglades. Males can be eight feet long, nose to tail and weigh upwards to 200 pounds. They have an amazing vertical leap (reportedly up to 18 feet) and can run 35-45 mph. But sadly for the cougars, they lack the ability to roar like the "big cats," instead they make sounds similar to domestic cats. They can live up to 20 years in captivity (10 in the wild).

This particular cougar lives in the wilderness habitat at Grandfather Mountain, which is currently being renovated and will the closed throughout the month of June.

Cherish forever what makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes.
--Bette Midler (b.1945) American Singer and Actress


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