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Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are also called cougars, pumas, and panthers. Their body coloration varies from tan to gray, and they can weigh from 150 to 300 pounds. They are primarily nocturnal, meaning that they come out at night to hunt and sleep through most of the day. People rarely see these large cats, as they are usually secretive and shy. Mountain lions very rarely attack humans, but they will attack to protect their young. If you see a mountain lion, do not approach it, as they will usually run away from you. There is a far greater risk, for example, of being killed in an automobile accident with a deer than of being attacked by a mountain lion.

Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are protected throughout the United States, as they have been overhunted for their pelts, because they compete with humans for deer, elk, and other ungulate (hoofed) animals, and for their ability to attack livestock. But, these beautiful cats are important predators in the food chain and help maintain a natural balance in Idaho’s many ecosystems. 

Habitat: Mountain lions range from sea level to 10,000 feet. Typical habitat is steep, rocky canyon country, or mountainous terrain. Many areas of BLM lands are prime habitat for mountain lions. 

Food: Mountain lions are carnivorous, meaning that they only eat meat. They prey on most other animals in their habitat, including pronghorn, hares, badgers, porcupines, skunks, coyotes, deer, bighorn sheep, fish, and rodents. 

Fun Facts:
These big cats hunt by stalking their prey, usually within a few yards, until they pounce. They have great speed for short distances and can leap 20 to 23 feet from a standstill.

Mountain Lion


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Herbivore Mammals

Jackrabbit
Pygmy rabbit
Desert cottontail
Beaver
Eastern gray squirrel
Red squirrel
Chipmunk
Deer mouse
Kangaroo rat
Meadow vole
Mule deer
Elk
Bighorn sheep
American pronghorn
Moose


Carnivore Mammals

Bobcat
American badger
River otter
Red fox
Long-tailed weasel
Coyote
Grizzly bear
Mountain lion


Amphibians

Salamanders

Long-toed salamander
Idaho giant salamander
Coeur d'Alene salamander

Frogs and Toads

American bullfrog
Columbia spotted frog
Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot

Reptiles

Snakes

Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
Desert horned lizard
Sagebrush lizard
Western fence lizard
Western skink
Side-blotched lizard
Longnosed leopard lizard
Western whiptail


Bats

Western pipistrelle
Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
Yuma myotis
Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
Bull trout
Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
Yellow-billed cuckoo


Birds

Waterfowl
Raptors
Songbirds

Fish