The mountain lion (also known as cougar), Puma concolor, is a large, tawny colored cat that inhabits Dinosaur National Monument. Mountain lions can have large home ranges and typically prey on deer or small mammals like rabbits.
Although seldom observed and not usually a threat to people, mountain lions are potentially dangerous. Attacks on people are rare, but visitors occasionally see these elusive cats. When encounters between mountain lions and people do occur, it is usually young animals looking for a new home range or old or sick animals.
To minimize the chance for an encounter with a mountain lion, please follow these tips:
Last updated: May 20, 2020