Definition of mountain lion in English:

mountain lion


  • A large American wild cat with a plain tawny to greyish coat, found from Canada to Patagonia.

    Felis concolor, family Felidae

    Also called cougar, puma, or (North American) panther
    • ‘The mountain lion responsible for killing a particular deer was positively identified in 179 instances.’
    • ‘Perhaps a little more exciting to catch sight of (at least for me) is the bighorn sheep, mule deer, bobcat, mountain lion, coyote or one of the amazing birds of prey.’
    • ‘Last year I saw a mountain lion; first time I'd ever seen a big cat.’
    • ‘This is the mountain lion, the puma, the cougar.’
    • ‘Amateur video footage at a roadside zoo in South Carolina revealed a mountain lion so undernourished that it was eating another mountain lion that had fallen ill and died.’
    • ‘In short, the chances of being killed by a mountain lion while out hiking, biking, climbing, camping - you name it - are statistically insignificant.’
    • ‘She fixed her eyes on the mountain lion and breathed slowly.’
    • ‘He realizes it is a mountain lion and he is scared to death.’
    • ‘The male mountain lion was first spotted by a ‘heroic’ female dog, which chased it up a tree, where it provided an easy target for police.’
    • ‘They are on the trail of what Billy thinks is a coon, but actually turns out to be a mountain lion.’
    • ‘By the time I retreated to the truck, the only thing I was sure of, besides being tired and cold, was that I wanted more than ever to find a mountain lion.’
    • ‘He was stepping pointedly toward him - practically gliding; no, stalking toward him, like a mountain lion ready to go for the final kill.’
    • ‘A mountain lion had come, smelling food apparently.’
    • ‘While the bighorn sheep, the black bear, the mountain lion and the bobcat inhabit higher elevations and are elusive to visitors, one is more likely to sight the elk and the moose in the valley.’
    • ‘The mountains are home to grizzly and black bear, woodland caribou, wolves, mountain lion, moose - you name it, if it's big and has fangs, claws or horns it lives here.’
    • ‘A mountain lion living in the San Andres Mountains of New Mexico wears a radio collar to help conservationists track the large cat's movements.’
    • ‘A toddler missing for three-and-half years whose tattered clothes were discovered last week was probably attacked by a mountain lion, authorities said.’
    • ‘She had even climbed up the hill with the nimbleness of a cat or a mountain lion.’
    • ‘During the ride, Anne was savagely attacked by a mountain lion, the same mountain lion that had killed another biker several hours later.’
    • ‘Tracks made by birds, elk, deer, big horn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats and the occasional mountain lion are more common in the Black Hills back country.’
    • ‘This was not an African lion but an American mountain lion, also known as a cougar or puma, a cat the size of a leopard that was once rare and considered virtually harmless.’
    • ‘In Lake County near Antioch, Illinois, there have been several sightings of a cougar or mountain lion.’


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