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Yet its slender body and calm demeanor are more like that of a cheetah; both cats would rather flee than fight, and both rarely confront humans. They live in a variety of habitats, at home in forests, prairies, deserts, and swamps—they are very adaptable cats!
Mountain lions are solitary cats, except during breeding or when a mother is caring for her young (cubs).
Mountain lions find shelter to rest or get away from bad weather in thick brush, rocky crevices, or caves, which might be anywhere in their home range.
Their hind legs are larger and more muscular than their front legs to give them great jumping power.Adult males weigh 40 to 60 percent more than adult females.Scientists classify the mountain lion as a small cat, as it does not roar but purrs like smaller cats do.But that doesn’t mean they don’t have any contact with one another.
The cats live in home ranges that vary in size from 30 to 125 square miles (78 to 324 square hectares).Early Spanish explorers of North and South America called it leon (lion) and gato monte (cat of the mountain), from which we get the name "mountain lion." “Puma” is the name the Incas gave this cat in their language.