7a. Mountain Lion
Perched in suspended animation, a mountain lion bares its teeth to visitors to Alum Rock's Youth Science Institute. Also known as a puma or cougar, this large cat can lithely leap 40 feet in pursuit of prey. Much of the state of California (and many other states) is cougar habitat, though human development is constantly encroaching on the puma's environment, resulting in dwindling populations in some areas.