The following report is going to be about the cougar. I chose the cougar because a friend told me it was an interesting animal so I wanted to research it. You will be learning about the way the cougar lives its life, what it looks like and other facts.
They are the second largest cats in North and South America, second to the jaguar. Male cougars grow to be about 7 feet in length from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. Female cougars grow to be about 6 feet in length. The cougar's tail alone can grow to 3 feet long. Male cougars weigh an average of 120 pounds while the females only weigh an average of 80 pounds. Some cougars in Canada have been known to weigh up to 275 pounds! Cougars are so muscularly compact they are 10 times the size of a house cat. Cougars have spots only when they are young. Their fur is a golden tawny color. The head is marked with black on the sides of the muzzle and the ears.
Cougars can be found in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. They live wherever they can find food. Fifty thousand live in North America today, living in a habitat that the white-tailed deer and the mule deer would live in which is grasslands, jungles, forests, and swamps.
Most male cougars usually travel through a home range of 250 square miles, while the females usually have a home range of 70 to 90 square miles. Most cougars live alone. The males spend most of the time marking their territory. The only time females don't live alone is when they have cubs.
Cougars usually kill their own food. Scavenging is rare. A healthy cougar kills a hog or a deer every 7 to 10 days. They mostly hunt by sight and hearing. They hunt by stalking their prey and are ready to attack and pounce on their victims 15 feet away. Cougars usually kill their prey by biting their victims" throat causing the trachea to collapse.
Every so often cougars hunt sick animals and this causes them to get sick.