aka cougar, mountain lion, panther, and more
Silent and elusive, pumas are extremely rare in Minnesota. Few Minnesotans have ever seen one in the wild.
What They Eat
Pumas eat a wide range of medium and large-sized animals, from rabbits to deer.
Where They Live
Pumas can live wherever their main prey—deer—roam.
What They Do
Speedy and large—they can tackle a healthy deer by themselves.
How They’re Doing
While numbers may increase as they expand to unoccupied range, cougars are territorial and therefore density dependent, which means they limit their population without any assistance from man so in areas they are established there is a ceiling to their growth potential. The puma is protected in Minnesota.
- Probably due to their wide range across North and South America, pumas have multiple names they are known by.
- Linked to speed, strength, and cunning, the names “puma” and “cougar” are popular names for sports teams, athletic shoes, and cars.
- Pumas can run up to 43 mph, jump more than 20 feet from standing, and leap up to 16 feet straight up. One was even seen jumping 12 feet into a tree with a deer in its jaws.
- Although pumas can make a wide range of cat noises (hisses, growls, purrs), they cannot roar. Instead, they are well known for their distinctive “screams.”
- Pumas are excellent swimmers, but like most cats, prefer not to get wet.