1: 1. Cougars can jump up to 18 feet in a single leap.

2: 2. Cougars are solitary animals and usually avoid other animals.

3: 3. Cougars are excellent swimmers, able to cross large bodies of water.

4: 4. The cougar's scientific name is Puma concolor.

5: 5. Cougars can run up to speeds of 50 miles per hour.

6: 6. Cougars have the largest range of any wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere.

7: 7. Cougars are also known as pumas, mountain lions, and panthers.

8: 8. Cougars have excellent night vision, allowing them to hunt in the dark.

9: 9. Cougars are not true "big cats" like lions and tigers, but are classified as "small cats."