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Puma, or Cougar. A carnivorous animal, Felis concolor, peculiar to America, where it ranks next to the jaguar in importance as a destructive or dangerous creature. It is known as the American lion, probably from its resemblance in build and color to the lioness; but it is considerably less in size, and lacks a mane. Its length is from seven to eight feet from nose to tip of tail; its height is about two feet. The geographical range of the puma is very extensive, being found in the Adirondacks and Florida, and along the Rocky mountain and Andes systems from British Columbia to Patagonia. Unlike most of the larger members of the cat family, it is remarkably silent; but it sometimes screams like a terrified child, especially when on a marauding expedition.