|Cougar face, Belize
The American cat called cougar is also known as mountain lion, puma, or panther. It has the greatest distribution of any large feline, yet it is rarely seen wherever it lives. I have seen cougar prints right outside my home in coastal California, but I have never glimpsed one in the wild--yet. Enthralled, I spent hours eye-to-eye with a captive male in Belize, until he relaxed to a dreamy pose.