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The Name “Cougar” is a Mistake — 5 Comments

  1. Another fascinating article thank you Michael and this is what makes PoC the best web site for cat lovers, you cover so many topics on various cats that it never gets boring.

  2. Please explain how an Incan would be able to perceive a Puma to be not as fierce as an African Lion. This I’ve got to hear.

    So much of your blogs appear to be nothing more than a layman’s fanciful imaginings. Your ones about evolution are a royal hoot to read for anyone with at least a middle-school education.

    • I am not going to mindlessly regurgitate what other website’s say. What is the point? If you want that, go to another bland cat website.

      You tell me specifics about what I say about evolution that is a hoot. Either what I say is based on well resources material or I personally speculate. I am entitled to speculate. At least I have the courage to do that. All you can do is moan and make a negative remark. Why don’t you put forward some of your views? Let’s hear them.

      There are many pages on cat evolution. Here two examples:

      Please explain how an Incan would be able to perceive a Puma to be not as fierce as an African Lion. This I’ve got to hear.

      I obviously was not clear in what I wanted to say. I have tried to make the point more clear. The Incans called the cat “puma” and the Spaniard recognised the lion as fiercer.

      So much of your blogs appear to be nothing more than a layman’s fanciful imaginings

      So much? How much? The website has 8,000 pages. 99.9% is straight fact from good resources. Sometimes, rarely, I like to speculate and present new ideas. This is good. Do you have your own ideas?

      And in any case, new ideas are often discredited by reactionaries as “fanciful imaginings”.

  3. In Florida it referred-to as the Florida panther. It is endangered and highly inbred being cut off from other mountain lion populations by dense human presence.
    There are many native languages alive in Latin America. Even tiny Costa Rica has a few.

  4. Very interesting. I never heard any of that before. Mountain Lion is the word used in our area, but I do like the word Cougar, so I used that instead. Around here the term Puma refers to the cats south of the United States. So one of these cats would be a puma in Mexico, cross the boarder and be called a Mountain Lion in Arizona, USA. lol

    Cougar is used east of us. Perhaps north as well. I know the terms Cougar and Mountain Lion are interchangeable in most areas. There are a few states who prefer one or the other. Arizona uses Mountain Lion while Colorado, Idaho and a few others use only the term Cougar to refer to our largest cat.

    Great story. Very interesting information.

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