Question # 1:
I have the greatest range of habitat of any large terrestrial mammal in
the Western Hemisphere. Why do you think I hold this honor?
My habitat extends from the Canadian Yukon Province of the North to the
Peruvian Andes in the South. This broad range is primarily due to my
ability to adapt to many varied environments. Though I prefer to live in
canyons and dense brush, I can also live in desert climates and wetlands,
including the Everglades.
I'm considered an efficient and agile hunter. I can even bring down
animals that are seven times my size. However there are four species that
I have to compete with for food. Can you name three?
I am not the the apex predator throughout much of my range. I must
compete with the brown bear and gray wolf in the North, the larger jaguar
in the South and the American Alligator in the Everglades.
I hold the Guinness record for the animal with the highest number of
names. 40 in English alone. Can you come up with 5 other names I am known by?
Answer # 3
I am cougar, fire cat, mountain lion, panther, puma, yuma puma,
catamount, mountain screamer, Mexican lion, deer tiger , Florida panther
painter, Silver lion, Devil cat, Indian devil, Sneak cat, king cat,
mountain devil, red tiger, Deercat, Plain lion, Grey lion, Catawampus,
Long Tail, Swamp lion and more!
Despite my strength and hunting skills, I am often not included in the
Big Cat family, partly because we cannot roar. However, we do make very
distinct calls and vocalizations, some of which are referenced in our
popular names. Can you imagine What these vocalizations sound like.
I have a different structure in my voice box than other big cats. This
prevents me from being able to roar. Instead I produce a high-pitched
scream similar to a human scream which has earned me a place in American
folk lore. Also, we sometimes voice low-pitched hisses and growls as well
as chirps and whistles, many of which sound like those of domestic cats.
We hold the distinction of being the largest cat that can purr.
Mark your calendars!
WHO: Sue Morse - legendary tracker, field naturalist and award-winning
WHAT: "The Cougar Returns to the East"
WHEN: Thursday, April 16th at 7pm
WHERE: Thetford Academy, Thetford, VT in Martha Rich Theater
WHY: to spark your curiosity and appreciation for the natural world!
All ages welcome* refreshments served*
Happily and enthusiastically sponsored by the Thetford and West Fairlee
Questions? Contact Libby Chapin 333-9308 or Peggy Willey 333-4155