Canada’s Big Cats
Follow the switchbacks leading into the Canadian Wilds and you’ll encounter Canada’s biggest cats. No matter what you call them – puma, cougar, mountain lion or catamount – these big felines exude power. Watch their muscles ripple as they stalk through their habitat and you’ll see why these cats are natural born hunters. As rescue animals, our cougars also have an important message to share about keeping wildlife wild.
Looking at the Calgary Zoo’s female cougar as she hisses and snarls, it’s hard to believe this formidable predator was once an orphaned cub. In May 2009, at only five months old, Freya and her brother Odin were left to fend for themselves when their mother was shot in B.C.’s Powell River area.
Cougars need up to 1,300 kilograms (2,900 pounds) of food every year – that’s around 48 hoofed animals (deer, moose or elk.)
At a Glance
29 - 120 kg (64 - 264 lb.)
Length of 86 - 154 cm (2.8 - 5 ft.)
Montane forests, lowland tropical forests, grasslands, dry bush and swamps
Moose, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, caribou, squirrels, muskrats, raccoons and other small animals