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How fast is a puma/mountain lion/cougar/panther's top speed?

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YOU WERE RIGHT A TOUGH ONE. The puma can reach speeds up to 35 mph. Cougars-- have large paws and proportionally the largest hind legs in the cat family This physique allows it great leaping and short-sprint ability. An exceptional vertical leap of 5.4 m (18 ft) is reported for the cougar. Horizontal jumping capability is suggested anywhere from 6 to 12 m (20 to 40 ft). The cougar can run as fast as 55 km/h (35 mph), but is best adapted for short, powerful sprints rather than long chases. Mountain lions-- prefer deer or elk, but will eat whatever is available, including animals as small as rabbits or poodles. A leon hunts just like an enormous house cat. It stalks to within a few feet of its prey, then rushes forward in a blur of tawny speed as fast as 40 miles per hour and leaps onto its prey. Panthers-- are most active at dusk and dawn, they can travel 15-20 miles a day, often moving in a zig-zag pattern, though they tend to rest during the daytime, travel & hunt during the cooler ... more
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