mountain lion


Definition of mountain lion

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Synonyms for mountain lion


cat-a-mountain, catamount, cougar, panther, puma

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Examples of mountain lion in a Sentence

the problems created by mountain lions coming into contact with humans in suburban developments

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The male mountain lion known as P-61 crossed the freeway in the Sepulveda Pass sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. on July 19. Los Angeles Times, "First tracked mountain lion crosses the 405 Freeway in big moment for wildlife preservation," 8 Aug. 2019 Nine people were injured Friday night near Clear Lake in an accident that began with a truck hitting a mountain lion, the California Highway Patrol said. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Collision with mountain lion ends with nine injured," 23 July 2019 Wilmers said human-cougar encounters in the Bay Area mostly occur because mountain lion travel corridors have been blocked by development. Peter Fimrite,, "Fearsome mountain lions high-tail it out of there when they hear human voices," 17 July 2019 These passes will allow elk, black bears, mountain lions, pika, and even trout to traverse what was once a near-impenetrable barrier of the road. Starre Vartan, National Geographic, "How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer," 16 Apr. 2019 Bevies of quail patrol dirt roads, while camera traps set up near water troughs capture images of deer, mountain lions, black bears and even rattlesnakes. Brent Crane, Discover Magazine, "Grizzly Bears Might Return to California. Is the State Ready?," 12 Mar. 2019 VandeWoude studies lentiviruses — a type of retrovirus that includes HIV — in mountain lions and bobcats. Quanta Magazine, "Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them," 13 Sep. 2017 Other local travelers, including wild hogs, mountain lions and black bears also regularly appear on the surveillance cameras. John Maccormack,, "Border immigration surge reaches the Big Bend," 10 June 2019 Early American settlers started killing wolves, mountain lions and other apex predators centuries ago, largely to protect livestock. Darryl Fears, The Denver Post, "Killing wolves was supposed to solve a problem but created issue with coyotes," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of mountain lion

circa 1615, in the meaning defined above

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: cougar

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