National Geographic : 1943 Feb
© National Geographic Society Painting by Walter A.Weber Puma, the American Lion, Fondly Guards Her Playful Kittens-They'll Change Their SpotstoSolid Tan When They Grow Up Call her panther, catamount, mountain lion, cougar, or "varmint," she still is Felis concolor of the scientific treatise. Mother isadainty 125pounds. Shehas banished her 175-pound, 7/-foot mate for fear he would kill her youngsters. A devoted mother, she will search many days foralost kitten. Like thedeer they prey on, pumas range from Peace River, Canada, to the Strait of Magellan. In eastern United States they have becomerare.