Where Do Pumas Live?

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Pumas, also known as cougars and mountain lions, are found throughout North and South America. They are able to live in a variety of habitats, including forests, prairies, deserts and swamps.

The endangered Florida panther is a subspecies of puma that was once common from the American Southwest through the Southeast. As of 2014, only about 50 members of the population are left; these live in the swamps of Florida.

Typically, pumas are loners. They roam in regions that cover 30 to 125 square miles. There is some territorial overlap, and the big cats do interact at times. They have excellent intraspecies communication skills: growling, hissing, mewing, spitting, purring, screaming and whistling.