Mountain Lion/Florida Panther
Animals of North America
Because its range extends through so many regions, it is known by many names from puma to panther to mountain lion. Florida panther refers to a subspecies of mountain lion that used to range throughout Texas and the southeast, but now is endangered and lives exclusively in Florida where only about 50 remain.
The mountain lion is solitary except when breeding or a mother is caring for her cubs. Its home range can vary in size from 30 to 125 square miles. The mountain lion has big paws and a powerful build. Its hind legs are larger and more muscular than its front legs, which is what gives it its amazing jumping abilities. This cat can jump 18 feet from the ground into a tree. That is about as high as some 2 story buildings. Although mountain lions don’t like to get wet, they are good swimmers. The mountain lion is a fast runner and its flexible spine gives it excellent maneuverability and the ability to quickly change direction. It can kill and move prey that weighs up to seven times more than its own body weight.
Varies according to location: hares, raccoons, squirrels, armadillos, deer; pigs and capybaras
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