Cougar (Puma concolor) portrait
This fine art limited edition photographic print features a close-up of a Cougar face. It is also known as a puma, mountain lion, or panther. Yet, the cougar cannot roar as other big cats can. The big cat, though, purrs like a domestic cat.
The cougar's established range includes most of South America. It lives in different ecosystems, from mountains to deserts to the sea. They live anywhere they can find a safe place and food. These magnificent cats require enormous tracts of habitat that are uninterrupted because a cougar's territory can be as large as 50 square kilometers in size, depending on the amount of available prey.
They are true carnivores, and their main source of nutrition is deer; as a result, their territory corresponds quite closely to that of our two kinds of deer. These cats have a light brown coloration, and they are easy to recognize because they have a small head in comparison to the rest of their body, as well as a long, thick tail that is roughly one-third the length of their body and has a black tip.
© Dan Kosmayer, 2012