Researchers were surprised when a young male cougar living in Washington state swam to a nearby island. They now suspect other local cougars are doing the same
23 February 2023
Some cougars in the Pacific Northwest may routinely brave frigid saltwater to reach islands. Based on an analysis of island cougar sightings, these cats may be swimming up to two kilometres to reach new territory, food and mates.
Many large felines are adept swimmers, though cougars (Puma concolor) – also referred to as pumas and mountain lions – tend to avoid the water. Still, there have been reports of the cats taking a dip. It’s even …