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What do wild mountain lions eat?

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Wild mountain lions eat animals such as deer, coyotes, raccoons and porcupines. Mountain lions are also known as cougars and pumas.

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What do wild mountain lions eat?
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Mountain lions usually hunt at night or during twilight. They patiently stalk their prey until they get an opportunity to pounce, then deliver a fatal bite to the back of the neck. Mountain lions hide the carcasses of their prey and feed on them over a few days.

Mountain lions are shy, solitary animals and seldom seen by humans. They are very territorial and need a lot of room to survive; only a few cats can live in a 30-square-mile range.

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