COUGAR: What’s in a Name? Turns Out There’s a Lot of Them
Cougars in the news.
Washington State Cougars go to 3-0 beating Eastern Washington in college football.
Reports of cougars on Badger and Candy Mountains seem to happen with alarming frequency.
My dad had a Mercury Cougar.
And the whole older woman cougar thing.
But did you know the cougar holds the Guinness world record for the most names?
People call cougars over 40 different things!
Mountain lion, puma, panther, catamount, painter, bobcat, red tiger, grimalkin, wildcat and more.
Cougars are the biggest cats in North America and second-heaviest to the jaguar. Fatal attacks have been extremely rare until recently as more people are entering cougar territories and the ambush predators are feeling the land squeeze.
Cougars are big, but will yield to the jaguar, gray wolf, black bears and grizzly bears.