"There was a mountain lion crossed about a mile down here yesterday evening"
Mountain lion
Public DomainMountain Lion (Puma concolor) - Credit: United States Department of Agriculture

The mountain lion (also known as cougar, puma, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region)  is a large cat native to the Americas.

It has the greatest range of any large wild land mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America.