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The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region, is a mammal of the family Felidae, native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Actually the cougar holds the Guinness record for the animal with the highest number of names, presumably due to its wide distribution across North and South America. It has over 40 names in English alone. (puma, mountain lion, catamount, panther, mountain screamer and painter just to name a few.

 

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jacksonville, Fl, where I took this pic, is a licensed rescue facility and has 41 cats at the present time.

 

They have been in the rescue business for 27 years but have only been open to the pubic (weekends and special events only) for 10 years.

 

They have Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, spotted and black leopards, a serval, two coatimundis and

two arctic foxes. all were either donated or confiscated by the government.

 

They are not a zoo nor do they breed the animals. When an animal comes to their 10 acre facility it will be there for the rest of its natural life.

 

They are funded through grants and private donations and receive no tax-payer's dollars.

 

If you are interested in donating go to their web site (I have not affiation with with them what-so-ever in case you were wondering).

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Taken on March 4, 2012