of which only the jaguar is native to the Americas.
It is the second-heaviest cat in the New World, after the jaguar.
Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although daytime sightings do occur.
Primary food sources are ungulates, particularly deer, but also livestock.
It also hunts species as small as insects and rodents.
Lexicographers regard painter as a primarily upper-Southern US regional variant on panther.
"Cougar" may be borrowed from the archaic Portuguese çuçuarana; the term was originally derived from the Tupi language susua'rana, meaning "similar to deer (in hair color)". It may also be borrowed from the Guaraní language term guaçu ara or guazu ara.
Currently, it is referred to as "puma" by most scientists "Puma" is the common name in Spanish or Portuguese-speaking countries but the cat has many local or regional names in the United States and Canada, of which cougar, puma, mountain lion, and panther are popular.
Other names include catamount (probably a contraction from "cat of the mountain"), mountain screamer, and painter.
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