Turns Out Cougars Are Affectionate, Playful Animals

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A new wildlife documentary by producer Sharon Negri is challenging deep-seated myths about cougars, showing them to be affectionate, playful, and sociable animals rather than the solitary, heartless predators of popular portrayal. Negri’s “The Secret Life of Mountain Lions” follows a mother cougar and her three kittens as she teaches them to hunt and survive in a challenging Wyoming climate.

Interesting facts about the mighty mountain lion: It is estimated that the mountain lion population ranges from 30,000 to 35,000 in the Western United States of America. The Florida panther subspecies is endangered — where researches estimate the population to be fewer than 100 individuals. They are powerful leapers! They can leap distances up to 40 feet and up to 15 feet high!

Watch the might cougar in action in the video below.

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Meanwhile, organizations such as Animal Defenders International are helping release these felines into the wild like this mountain lion, who got his first taste of freedom after spending 20 years cooped up in a circus cage.

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