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Mountain Lion
(Puma concolor coryi)
walrus
Description
It is a large, unspotted cat. They have a relatively small head and a long, black-tipped tail that reaches nearly 2/3 of its body length. Typically, they have a tawny upperside and pale gray underside. Dark spots occur at base of whiskers, and ears are short and rounded, with dark backs. Florida panthers have long, heavy legs and large feet.
Dimensions
Adult males average length is 7 ft. from nose to tail, and weight from 105 to 147 lb. Females measure approximately 6 ft. from nose to tail, and weight from 66 to 99 kg.
Diet
They are predatory carnivores, with white-tailed deer being the most important prey species. Other significant prey species include rabbit, raccoon, wild hog, armadillo, and birds.
Habitat & Range
They are most often found in mixed swamp forests and hammock forests. Their range is limited to small pockets in southern Florida.
Conservation status
Two subspecies of the Mountain Lion are on the U.S. Endangered Species List. The Eastern Puma is classified as endangered throughout the eastern U.S., and the Florida Panther is classified as endangered in Florida.

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