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Puma (Felis concolor), a large cat, ranging over the American continent between lat. 60° N: and 50° S. The thick close fur may vary from a yellowish to a silvery-grey above, and the under surface and the insides of the limbs are white. It is about the size of a leopard, and is generally called by Americans the "painter" or "catamount." It is extremely active and very destructive to cattle and sheep, though it never .attacks man, for whom it is said it has such liking that it will scarcely defend itself if attacked by him. In confinement the puma readily becomes tame and gentle, and it has been kept as a pet. The cubs resemble those of the lion in that they show signs of darker markings on the ground colour.