mountain lion

noun

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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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Imagine the coniferous forests of the American West and you probably picture tall trees, forest floors littered with pine needles and pinecones, black bears, mountain lions, croaking frogs, and mountain blue birds. National Geographic, "Forest fires are getting too hot—even for fire-adapted animals," 12 Aug. 2019 The series will feature a number of animals, including pandas, giraffes, Galápagos tortoises, koalas, elephants, mountain lions, and two baby cheetahs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In 2019, can the San Diego Zoo make new fans out of TV viewers?," 3 Aug. 2019 Two dead bobcats, one stuffed mountain lion and several non-game birds, all of which the CDFW believes were killed illegally, were also found on Parker’s property. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Largest raptor poaching haul in state history uncovered in Lassen County, officials say | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Mar. 2018 After taking a few bites out of Maeby, the mountain lion then let the dog get away and back into the house. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Colorado family saves dog attacked by mountain lion," 8 Mar. 2018 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, SFChronicle.com, "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

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First Known Use of mountain lion

circa 1615, in the meaning defined above

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mountain lion

noun

Kids Definition of mountain lion

: cougar

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