Cougars, also known as pumas and mountain lions, are North American cats. One of the best places to see them in the wild is Yellowstone national park in the state of Wyoming. A cougar’s favourite food is deer, so the vast open plains of Yellowstone are ideal cougar territory. Camouflaged perfectly against the backdrop of the dusty mountains, the sandy coloured cougar can slink through the park undetected. This cat’s determination is boundless, often stalking the same prey for hours on end.
Before setting out, check with the nearest ranger office about recent wildlife sightings. On your journey, look out for cougar tracks and signs like paw prints, scratches on trees and animal carcasses. Those wishing to see these fearsome predators out in the wild, there are a few rules they should follow:
- Stay in groups of two or more, and make enough noise to avoid surprising a cougar
- Keep children close and under control
- If you come across cougar kittens, leave the area immediately as the female will defend her young
- If a cougar approaches you, wave your arms above our head to make yourself appear larger. Do not run away.
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