), also Puma
, Mountain Lion
, is a mammal
of the Felidae
family, native to the Americas
. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range
of any terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere other than humans, extending from Yukon
to the southern Andes
of South America
. An adaptable, generalist
species, the Cougar is found in every major New World habitat
type. It is the second heaviest cat in the New World, after the Jaguar
, and the fourth heaviest in the world, after the Tiger
, and Jaguar, although it is most closely related to smaller felines.
A capable stalk-and-ambush predator, the Cougar pursues a wide variety of prey. Its primary food is ungulates such as deer, particularly in the northern part of its range, but it hunts species as small as insects and rodents. It prefers habitats with dense underbrush for stalking, but it can live in open areas.
The Cougar is territorial and persists at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While it is a large predator, it is not always the dominant species in its range, as when it competes for prey with animals such as the Gray Wolf. It is a reclusive cat and usually avoids people. Attacks on humans remain rare, despite a recent increase in frequency.
Due to persecution as a dangerous pest animal following the European colonization of the Americas, and continuing human development of Cougar habitat, populations have dropped in many parts of its historical range. In particular, the Cougar was extirpated in eastern North America, except an isolated sub-population in Florida; the animal may be recolonizing parts of its former eastern territory. With its vast range, the Cougar has dozens of names and various references in the mythology of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and in contemporary culture.
Joseph Steve Sakic
(born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby
, British Columbia
) is a Canadian
professional ice hockey center
who has played his entire National Hockey League
(NHL) career with the Quebec Nordiques
franchise. In his 18-year tenure, Sakic has won the Stanley Cup
twice, various NHL trophies and has been voted into 13 NHL All-Star Games
. He is regarded as one of the strongest team leaders to ever play in the league, and has been able to motivate his team throughout his entire career to play at a winning level.
Over the course of his career, Sakic has been one of the most productive forwards in the game, having twice scored 50 goals and earning at least 100 points in six different seasons. His wrist shot, considered to be one of the best in the NHL, has been the source of much of his production. At the conclusion of the 2006–07 NHL season, he was the 9th all-time points leader in the NHL, as well as 14th in all-time goals and 11th in all-time assists. During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sakic helped lead Team Canada to its first gold medal in 50 years, and was voted as the tournament's most valuable player. He has represented the team in six other international competitions, including the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics. After the 2000–01 NHL season, Sakic was named the MVP of the NHL by the hockey writers and his fellow players.