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Shot at Muskoka Wildlife Centre just north of Orillia, Ontario, Canada on March 06 2011.
Nikon D300 body. Nikon 70-300mm lens.
Cougars are historically found in Ontario, although thought to be extinct from the province up until recently. There are possibly remnant populations in remote areas of the province.
Evidence of cougars has recently been found in Ontario, although scientists do not know if it is that of the original eastern cougar or that of escaped cougars from zoos or private collections. These large cats are very elusive and usually live far from human development, in wilderness areas.
Cougars will breed throughout the year. After a gestation period of 90 days a female will give birth to an average of 3 cubs, with extremes of 1 and 6. When the cubs are born they are blind. The cubs leave their mother at 10- 26 months.
The only threat to cougars is man. Our development of their habitat threatens their existence.
Cougars are one of the largest known cats that purr.
Kokanee has been with the Mukoka Wildlife Centre since approximately 2003.