THE MOUNTAIN LION

COUGAR PICTURES ANIMALS

The stealth of the Mountain Lion makes it very difficult to photograph — making this set of images all the more special. Enjoy these Mountain lion pictures in its natural habitat.

Black & white Mountain Lion pictures.

The Mountain Lion Pictures are so difficult to achieve because they are a very elusive animal. They are also known as the panther, cougar, and puma. They are native to the Americas. Its range is from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, the widest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. The mountain lion is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources are deer. It also hunts species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can also live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range. It is reclusive and mostly avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare but have recently been increasing in North America as more people enter cougar territories. The puma is a unique cat in that it does not have spots, is solitary and cannot roar. That does not make it any less dangerous: It’s a powerful predator with strong hind-legs, capable of massive leaps. This most adaptable of felines thrives on its secrecy and has incredible hearing. Indeed, its stealth makes it a difficult animal to photograph — but the same qualities lend it a certain mystery and beauty.

How I took photo’s of Mountain Lions

Chile. Late morning.

It was a cold morning at about -4 degrees. We were trying to spot a Puma since sunrise, but the chances of us getting lucky were slim. All of a sudden my tracker spotted a puma that was walking up the mountain. We started our trek towards it. After getting close to her, we realized she was not alone; she was with a male puma. She kept on walking higher and higher making our climb even more tedious. When they reached the top of the mountain both of them decided to lay down and sleep. We stopped 25 feet away from them. The male puma was not too happy with our presence and kept on looking at us every so often. On his 3rd look, I started to look at my exit options just Incase.I was so focused climbing up in her direction that I never looked down. But when I did for the first time, I realized we were at a 45 degree angle on a Rocky Mountain that was covered with snow and moss, which was about 1000 feet high. One wrong move would land in a fatal fall as there was nothing in between to hold on to. At this point, the only thing to do was look him in the eye and stay calm while she took a nap. After a long, long nap she decided to get up and pose for me; it was all worth it. Patients and persistence always pay off.

Shot in: Chile

How to take better Mountain lion images.

Place your mountain lion away from your background and do your best to place it in front of very light or very dark colors, their fur is very close to grey and in black and white photography that helps bringing out all tones. Once you have spotted your mountain lion ask your tracker how close is safe and get as close as possible. Move very slowly and stay calm keeping eye contact at all times spend as much time as possible with this big cat. If you see resistance move away NEVER FORCE YOUR presence. Use a very high shutter speed as they move at lightning speeds unless you are looking for a different creative look.

MOUNTAIN LION PHOTOS

Mountain lion fine art Pictures by Ejaz Khan Earth

These puma photographs make for ideal decor, for home, office or establishment. They are available to order in a variety of sizes, print material, and framing options. For the most part, we print on Kodak metallic paper which brings life to these mountain lion images, but we have also printed these image on art paper. All our prints are guaranteed for 95 years. If requested we can also frame or put them on plexiglass, you can read more about our fine art prints.

How climate change affects mountain lions

Pumas are an endangered species. Humans have hunted them for their furs, and very often they compete with humans for the food. Farmers and livestock ranchers often kill pumas, because they threaten the farmer’s animals. In addition to all this, CLIMATE CHANGE is also becoming a big danger to these big cats. Because of the hot summer, their primary prey — deer — is affected with less water and illness. Pumas that ingest these deer develop further health issues.

Conservation: How we help animals affected by climate change.

As a fashion photographer, I pay the models. In wildlife, I can not pay the animals, I’ve developed relationships with conservation organizations such as the Wolf Conservation Center, and World Animal Protection, A percentage of the sale of these puma prints is donated to these organizations. So when you buy photography from Ejaz Khan Earth, not only do you have an inspiring photo of some of nature’s finest creatures on your walls, but you will also be helping them.

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