Daily Postcard: Mountain Lion Relaxes In Tall Tree

Daily Postcard: A mountain lion relaxes on the branch of a tall pine tree Wednesday in the area of Acid Canyon in Los Alamos. The mountain lion—also known as the cougar, puma, panther or catamount—is a large cat species native to the Americas. Mountain lions can breed year-round. Females usually give birth every two years. Litters can range in size from one to six cubs. The young may stay with their mother for as long as 26 months, but usually separate after about 15 months. In the wild, a mountain lion can live up to 10 years. In captivity, they can live up to 21 years. Source: National Wildlife Federation. Photo by Michael Smith