what do cougars look like?
The mountain lion has a tan-colored coat, much like the African lion. The most recognizable feature of the cougar is it’s long and heavy tail, which measures almost two-thirds the length of the head and body. Male lions typically weigh 110 to 180 pounds, while the females are slightly smaller, weighing 80 to 130 pounds. The mountain lion should not be confused with its cousin, the bobcat (a smaller cat of about 22 pounds), recognizable by its spotted coat, pointed ears, and short tail. HOW DO THEY RAISE THEIR YOUNG? Females usually breed at 2.5 years and commonly have 2 or 3 kittens (or cubs). Newborn kittens weigh about one pound, measure about a foot in length and have dark spots on their coats. Within 8 to 12 months these spots will fade. The kittens are weaned at 2 months and are soon accompanying their mother around the home area. The mother raises her young alone and trains them how to hunt. The kittens stay with her from 18 to 24 months, then disperse to find their own home area