Happy Jaguarundi Valentine Day!

Image by Keven Law

Original image by Keven Law


This South American wild cat, despite its name, is more closely related to mountain lions than to jaguars.

I’m offering you this as a Valentine today because there isn’t time this week to take a close look at genus Puma, as promised last week, even though it only has two species – the jaguarundi and the mountain lion (a/k/a cougar, panther, painter or catamount).

The mountain lion – the biggest of the small wild cats – has a wide range and isn’t shy about living in areas that humans call home.

This creates conflict and opportunities worth exploring in some depth, though hopefully it won’t take me a year to do it. That’s how long it took photographer Steve Winter to get this dramatic picture of a mountain lion in California:

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