Species in News: Pumas


  • Pumas, have an ability to assess their surrounding terrain and accordingly use a suitable walking gait to conserve energy, a new study has shown.
  • The areas that these animals move into, force them to use more energy and cause declines in their populations.

Back to Basics

  • Also known as mountain lions or cougars.
  • The cats travel more slowly while ascending or descending mountains to conserve energy.
  • The puma is the top feline predator in the Americas, along with the jaguar.
  • Native range is diminishing due to increasing agriculture and urbanisation.
  • Puma habitat in California is predicted to diminish 35 per cent by 2030.
  • IUCN-Least Concern

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