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Puma yagouaroundi


Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Jaguarundi are uniformly colored—rather than spotted—and are either reddish brown or dark gray. Both colors can appear in the same litter of kittens. This cat is less nocturnal than any other in the United States, yet it is extremely secretive, preferring areas of dense, low cover in tropical and subtropical habitats. Jaguarundi stalk their prey—which includes reptiles, birds, and small mammals—alone or in pairs. When they hunt near farms, they often find poultry easy prey. This bad news for the farmer usually quickly turns into worse news for the Jaguarundi. They are not hunted for their fur, but feel the effects of habitat loss and conflicts with humans who have taken over their habitat.

Also known as:
Onza, Gato Moro, Leoncillo, Yaguarundi

Sexual Dimorphism:

Range: 888-1,372 mm

Range: 4.5-9 kg


Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, E., 1803.  Catalogue des mammifères du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle,  Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, p.124.  Paris, 272 pp.


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Distribution of Puma yagouaroundi

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Puma yagouaroundi (Jaguarundi), Mexico
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Puma yagouaroundi (Jaguarundi), Mexico
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