06 Feb '18, 12pm

Mountain lions often lose to wolves and bears, study finds

Mountain lions often lose to wolves and bears, study finds

When the hunting grounds of pumas overlap with those of other top predators, such as wolves, bears and jaguars, pumas are often the losers, a new study has found. The findings from the study, a review of existing scientific literature, are especially important given how pumas are still being intensively hunted over much of their range in a bid to reduce conflicts with people and livestock, researchers say. In some puma habitats where wolves and brown bears are recolonizing and recovering, wildlife managers need to be cautious about hunting limits for pumas, the authors write. The large, secretive puma (Puma concolor ) may be at the top of its food chain, but it is not always the king of its territory. Native to the Americas, the puma, also called the mountain lion, cougar, catamount or panther, often shares its habitat with several other top predators, such as wolves, bear...

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