What Biome Does a Cougar Live In?

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Cougars, also known by their scientific name of Puma concolor, are native to both North and South America. Rather than having one set biome, cougars are able to thrive in a variety of climates and environments.

Cougars live as far north as the Yukon Territory in Canada and as far south as the Andes in South America, making theirs the largest range of any wild mammal their size in the Western Hemisphere. Because of their huge range, cougars thrive in every type of forest biome, as well as most mountainous and desert biomes. They are known by many names, including panther and mountain lion.