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Where do mountain lions sleep?

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The mountain lion is adaptable to many environments and can be found in low-lying swamps or on high mountain slopes. They do not build dens, preferring to sleep and rest in caves or dense brush.

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The mountain lion used to live throughout the United States but was almost hunted into extinction by 1900. As of 2014, they can be found primarily throughout the western United States. Mountain lions often follow deer populations — their preferred prey. Coyotes, porcupines and raccoons also become prey for a mountain lion when deer cannot be found. Solitary animals, mountain lions hunt at night across their chosen territory. Males stalk about 100 square miles, and females range through about 30 square miles.

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    How long do mountain lions live?

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    According to the San Diego Zoo, mountain lions have a lifespan of up to 20 years. The average age of maturity for mountain lions is 2 to 3 years of age. Full-grown female mountain lions weigh between 75 and 105 pounds, while full-grown males weigh between 116 and 158 pounds.

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    What do mountain lions eat?

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    Mountain lions are carnivores that enjoy hunting and eating deer, but they will also kill other animals like raccoons and coyotes. Once common in almost all areas of the United States, these large cats have a dwindling population due to excessive hunting by both hunters and farmers who try to keep the lions from eating their livestock.

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    What is the typical habitat of a mountain lion?

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    Mountain lions live in many diverse habitats, but their typical habitats include a mix of rocks, terrain and vegetation that allows them to stalk their prey. Their habitats also have to contain suitable prey, especially deer.

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    What do wild mountain lions eat?

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