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Puma concolor


Wow i still shaking, i just spot this guy two hours ago in a remote area in the jungle very close no more than 40 mt away , big Cougar laying on the side of a path notice my presence, it stand and just vanish in the jungle i was alone far from the car so i just star moving really fast to the car uuuufff. this is another spot of a lifetime i don´t think i ever going to see one again here. I can believe it. I´m not sure if this is a subspecies? It is the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar. Solitary by nature and nocturnal, the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is nearer genetically to the domestic cat than true lions.Cougars are slender and agile members of the cat family. They are the fourth largest cat, and adults stand about 60 to 90 cmtall at the shoulders. Adult males are around 2.4 m long nose to tail and females average 2.05 m , with overall ranges between 1.5 to 2.75 m nose to tail suggested for the species in general. Of this length, 63 to 95 cm is comprised by the tail. Males typically weigh 53 to 100 kg, averaging 62 kg . Females typically weigh between 29 and 64 kg , averaging 42 kg .Cougar size is smallest close to the equator, and larger towards the poles.The largest recorded cougar was shot in Arizona and weighed 125.5 kg after its intestines were removed, indicating that in life it could have weighed nearly 136.2 kg. Several male cougars in British Columbia weighed between 86.4 and 95.5 kg.


Its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the greatest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere.

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72 Comments (1–25)

armadeus.4 9 years ago

Very cool!!! What an experience! Thank you for sharing :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Joshua , Reza, Ashley, and Janelle:):)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

oh whoops! thanks Ashley. cant believe i didnt see that :p late congrats Gerardo!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

OMG belated, Congratulations Gerardo on this close encounter of a SotD !

AshleyT 11 years ago

It got spotting of the day a few weeks ago Joshua :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

how is this not getting spotting of the day?

JanelleL.Streed 11 years ago

So amazing!! My heart was pounding just reading your story! Great job, Gerardo!! I don't think I would have had the ability to take pictures with a Puma this close to me in the wild. Bravo, you!!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Oh my freaking god Gerardo! That's off the hook man. Congratulations!!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Donna, Gilma and Ashley :)

DonnaPomeroy 11 years ago

Absolutely amazing. I would still be shaking too! Congratulations.

Congratulations, You deserve the SOTD. Beautiful animal.

AshleyT 11 years ago

Very jealous of this Gerardo! I hope to encounter one some day :) Congrats on spotting of the day too!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Thanks Adam Jakubko, Dan, Noah, It was an epic encounter indeed :):)

AdamBT 11 years ago

Very cool spotting, congrats!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Congratulations on Spotting of the Day, Gerardo! Beautiful!!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 11 years ago

That's a spotting! Gerardo, you get really lucky! And your hands did not shake at all to take those pics ?!
You well deserved a spotting on the day!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Epic! Wow! Amazing! So lucky. Great story.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Wow thanks so much to all my friends for your wonderful comments :)

ScottHarte 11 years ago

Great find

ShannaB 11 years ago

Scary stuff!!!

Arun 11 years ago

Congratulations :)

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 11 years ago

Nice work dude, this is a rocking spot!!

Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 11 years ago

Congratulations on a lucky spot and a steady hand to take the pictures.
I'd be with a nervous laugh jumping around.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

Wow! Scary and fun! Wonderful spotting!

Gerardo Aizpuru
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Gerardo Aizpuru

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Jan 5, 2013
Submitted on Jan 5, 2013

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