Cougars are swift, skilful, solitary hunters who usually ambush their prey. They hunt WAPITI, DEER, HARES and other small game. They also take agricultural animals and will stalk humans. They cache uneaten prey.
In Canada, the range of the cougar was over much of British Columbia, across southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. More common on the western side of North America than the eastern side, they range as far south as southern South America - in fact, wherever their chief prey, deer, is present. Because they were believed to take domestic stock, cougars have been greatly reduced in settled North America. Populations still survive in forested and mountainous regions of Alberta and British Columbia, and there have been sightings in most of their previous range.
Author C.S. CHURCHER
Links to Other Sites
See a description of the natural history and typical habitat of cougars (Puma concolor) in Canada. From the "Hinterland Who's Who" website. Also includes video clips, summaries of related conservation issues, and educational resources.
Natural History Notebooks
View illustrated descriptions of a huge variety of Canadian animal species, prehistoric creatures, and endangered/extinct animals. A Canadian Museum of Nature website.
Canadian Biodiversity Website
A great information source for all budding biologists. Learn about biodiversity theory, natural history, and conservation issues. From McGill’s Redpath Museum.