Elsewhere in the West, and in most parts of country, I've heard these big cats called Cougars. Here in Arizona we call them Mountain Lions. You've read stories in the past few years about joggers in California being attacked by them.
It's not hard to imagine. These are very powerful animals. This one lives with its mate at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ. It's only three miles from our home in the Tucson Mountains, and a few years ago, my Darlin' and I saw one of these in our backyard.
Whenever out-of-town guests come to Tucson, the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum is my favorite place to take them. Listed as one of the 10 best Zoos in the world, it's been here since the 1950's, and every year it gets better. Bring the kids; the place is all about education, and much of what's here provides kids with hands-on enjoyment. If you come to visit Tucson, call me; we'll take you, too.