Learn more about the cougar

Scientific name: Puma concolor

Nicknames: Puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount, panther

Life span: About 20 years, but longer in captivity

Physical Attributes: Cougars have long bodies with small heads. Their hind legs are larger than their front legs, allowing them to jump and bound great lengths. They have a solid tan colored coat, and they are the fourth largest cat, weighing about 115-220 lbs. for males 64-141 lbs. for females.

Conservation Statues: Least concern

Similar species: Puma concolor means "lion of one color." They have tan colored coats, but they are smaller in build and have pointier ears than lions.

Cougars can be found at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro has one cougar.