The American mountain lion once ranged over much of North and South America, and was given many names.
Mountains lion, cougar, puma, catamount, panther, or painter. If you have heard of one of these animals, then you know them all, for these are just some of the many names for the same animal – the mountain lion.
The tawny-colored mountain lion once roamed from the forests of Canada to the southern tip of South America. It lived in mountains, deserts, forests, swamps, and prairies.
In South America, it is called a puma. “Cougar” comes from the way French-speaking people pronounced the Indian word for mountain lion.
Catamount comes from an old New England expression, “cat-a-mountain.” And “painter” comes from the way some people pronounced panther.
The mountain lion’s “roar” is a wild and tarrying scream. Mountain lions also “talk” to each other with soft whistle calls.
Because it sometimes kills livestock, many people regard the big cat as an enemy to be destroyed.
In the United States today, the few remaining mountain lions are found only in the wildest areas of the West and in the dense Florida Everglades. – Dick Rogers