Cougar Facts

CougarPhoto by Craig Clyde

Cougar Facts

CougarWhat does a cougar look like?
  • Their bodies are a brown, tawny color and they have a white muzzle.
  • Their tails are long and used for balance.
  • Cougar kittens have blackish-brown spots on their body and dark rings
How big are they?
  • Adults typically weigh 90-200 pounds.
Where do they live?
  • In general, Cougars are found wherever deer are. That means they can be found across Utah from the High Uintas wilderness to the dry southern deserts. However, Utah’s cougars prefer pinyon-juniper and pine-oak brush areas where there are rocky cliffs, ledges and tall trees or brush that can be used for cover.
What do they eat?
  • Cougars are strict carnivores and their primary prey is mule deer, but they also eat elk, antelope, small mammals and birds.
What eats them?
  • They are an apex or  top predator and have no natural predators, other than people.

Did you know?

The cougar has over 40 common names, including mountain lion, puma, catamount, screamer and panther.Cougar

  • Unlike the African lion, mountain lion’s are solitary like most cats.
  • Cougars have been a protected wildlife species in Utah since 1967.
  • They can leap as high as 18 feet and as far as 45 feet horizontally.
Threats to cougar:
  • Many people are scared of large predators like the cougar. This fear and a misunderstanding of the cougar’s role as an apex predator sometimes causes people to kill them.