The word ‘cougar’ is accidental so why are mountain lions called pumas and cougars?

Puma becomes a spoiled domestic cat and can't be returned to the wild

I’ll tell you why mountain lions are called mountain lions and why they are also called cougars and pumas (and painters). Mountain lions Columbus is one of the first to call this cat a ‘lion’ because of its tawny coat which resembles that of the African lion. Also, the name ‘lion’ or ‘león’ is …

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