CCT Fish & Wildlife

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Fish and Wildlife Department.

Facts About Cougars


Cougars are the largest members of the cat family in North America. Adult males average approximately 130 pounds and measure 7-8 feet in length from nose to tip of tail. Adult females average 93 to 100 pounds. They stalk and ambush prey and are known to take down animals larger than itself. Their primary food sources include deer, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep. Cougars have large paws and strong hind legs that give them great leaping and running ability. They can leap as high as 18 feet and run at speeds of 40 to 50 mph but is best adapted for short, powerful sprints rather than long chases. They are also great climbers.

Fats about Cougars PDF