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They once roamed the country, but persecution by people has reduced this cat species to a fraction of its former range. The mountain lion (or cougar) is our largest and most powerful wild cat—except on the rare occasions when jaguars cross our southern border for visits.

Cougars Don't Belong in Cages

Cougars and other wild cats were among the exotic animals The HSUS helped rescue in the video above. You can help the others still suffering in captivity: Ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act, which will help stop the reckless trade in big cats in the U.S.

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