mountain lion

noun

Definition of mountain lion

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Synonyms for mountain lion

Synonyms

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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Other local travelers, including wild hogs, mountain lions and black bears also regularly appear on the surveillance cameras. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "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 Now, after pushing them to near-extinction, animals such as alligators, mountain lions and sharks are on the rebound due to conservation. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Alligators, sharks, mountain lions and other predators are making a comeback," 9 May 2018 In fact, bobcats, house cats, wolves, and even some dogs have been mistaken as mountain lions. Fox News, "Possible mountain lion sighting in Minnesota yard prompts warning from officials: 'Stay aware, everyone!'," 14 June 2019 As the search continued with no signs of Jaryd, the mountain lion attack theory became officials’ prevailing thought. Miles Blumhardt, The Denver Post, "Jaryd Atadero disappeared on hike near Fort Collins 20 years ago. His father has been looking for answers ever since.," 9 June 2019 How many people know that an angry mother cow could be more aggressive than a mountain lion? San Diego Union-Tribune, "A look behind the Hollister Ranch gates. Will the public ever access these exclusive beaches?," 12 Apr. 2019 However, attacks involving cougars, also known as mountain lions, have been increasingly common in the past 20 years as humans encroach on wildlife habitats. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "‘Something was wrong with this cougar’: Animal that killed biker, injured another was emaciated," 21 May 2018 The neighborhood is also known for its abundant wildlife — foxes, coyotes, even the occasional mountain lion patrol the premises. Variety, The Mercury News, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey scoops up $22 million San Francisco house next door," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of mountain lion

circa 1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mountain lion was circa 1615

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mountain lion

noun

Kids Definition of mountain lion

: cougar

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