Cougars are changing the way they hunt so bears don’t steal their food

Cougar or Mountain lion in the snow

A cougar or mountain lion (Puma concolor) on the prowl in the winter snow

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Cougars in Yellowstone National Park are hunting an increasing proportion of their prey on rugged terrain, a tactic that may be a deliberate choice to reduce the chance that their kills are stolen by the growing number of bears and wolves in the area.

In Yellowstone National Park in the western US, the habitat of cougars (Puma concolor) – also known as mountain lions – overlaps with that of grey wolves (Canis lupus), grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis …

Article amended on 24 August 2023

We corrected the number of kills the cougars made

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