mountain lion


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Synonyms for mountain lion


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

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

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Unlike most Native Americans, the Kumeyaay Ipai did not draw representational images of hunters or deer, mountain lions and other wild animals. Diane Bell,, "Discovery of hidden drawings puts Poway Native American art in a class of its own," 9 July 2018 His specialty was North American apex predators — mountain lions and bears. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s mockery of the #MeToo movement underscores the GOP’s problem with women in 2018," 6 July 2018 His specialty was North American apex predators — mountain lions and bears. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 The dog had been hunting a mountain lion that had been killing goats in Camino, California, KOVR reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Dog rescued after falling down 50-foot mine shaft while tracking mountain lion," 7 June 2018 Authorities shot and killed a mountain lion that was found in a tree at Bruneau Elementary School on Wednesday morning, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Mountain lion shot, killed by sheriff’s office at southwest Idaho school," 14 Feb. 2018 Because mountain lions—also known as cougars—typically den in caves and thick brush, locating their litters can be challenging. National Geographic, "Den of Mountain Lion Kittens Found in Unlikely Place," 21 June 2018 Los Angeles Times Unable to surmount the near-impenetrable barriers of Southern California's freeway system, mountain lions and other wildlife are left to mate with their own offspring. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: For a diverse LAPD, there's praise, criticism and pressure," 17 May 2018 In the May 9 incident, police could not confirm either a mountain lion or a coyote being in the area, according to a city of Brookfield police report. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Brookfield resident spotted a mountain lion, or maybe a coyote, but police can't confirm it," 15 May 2018

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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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