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Why are cougars called cougars? — 7 Comments

  1. The Florida Panther is genetically identical to Puma concolor, except for some inbred minor differences in appearances (the crooked-tail, the Romanesque nose). Caused by their interruption of normal routes of travel by human habitation for the last several centuries, cut-off from breeding with the rest of their own kind, and limited populations transferring any minor trait differences to their offspring. This can be proved when about a decade and a half ago the Florida Park Services imported Mountain-Lions/Pumas from Texas to bolster their dwindling populations. If they were a unique species they are no longer that, any offspring now having all the genetics of their original cousins across the Gulf of Mexico. The “endangered” Florida Panther is a unique study in how a government is trying to claim a species “endangered” for land-grabs that were grandfathered-in to residents in the Florida Panther’s stomping grounds (an area rich in shut-down oil-wells no less). Trying to drive humans off of their own lands by declaring a species is unique and endangered, and in the same breath, breeding them with every other Puma concolor that exists on 2 continents. You can’t have it both ways. Interestingly, their greatest battle in trying to keep the endangered Florida Panther alive so they can achieve these land-grabbing goals, is being interfered with by roaming house-cats, whose many deadly feline diseases are killing them off almost as quick as they can replenish themselves or be replenished by Mountain-Lions imported from other regions. It will be a losing battle, on both America continents if house-cat lovers have their way.

  2. The word cougar is very confusing for me, because there are so many synonyms. I see cougar defined as mountain lion, panther, puma, etc. Is this really the same cat existing in different regions? Or, are each one just sort of a subcategory with their own unique distinctions, making “cougar” a broad term?

    • Dee, they are all the exactly the same cat species. It just so happened that people gave this cat various names.

      The Florida Panther can be distinguished genetically but that does not alter the fact that these various names describe one cat species. There are no subspecies or variations per region except for the Florida puma which looks exactly the same.

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