The cougar, also known as puma or mountain lion is a large cat native to the Americas. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types. 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 sightings during daylight hours do occur.
Hybrids between cougars and leopards, called pumapards, have been bred in captivity. Most never reach adulthood.