Puma or Cougar Puma concolor
Largest of the North American cats, the puma (also called cougar or mountain lion) may weigh over 200 pounds (91 kg) and measure nearly 8 feet (2.4 m) long. Pumas are grayish-brown to reddish-brown in color except for the black tip on their tail and on the back of the ears. Their long tail is about 1/3 the length of their body and is usually held close to the ground when walking. Pumas are mostly solitary animals and are sensitive to humans. In Minnesota, they are most likely to be found in remote, heavily forested places. They need large areas of habitat to survive. There have been very few confirmed reports of pumas in Minnesota, and there is no evidence yet of pumas reproducing in the state. Learn more.