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The puma (Puma concolor) is a type of big cat found in North, Central and South America. It is also known by the regional names of cougar, mountain lion, panther, catamount, "Florida panther" and painted cat. The word puma comes from the Quechua language. In the United States, panther by itself refers to a puma, although the term black panther is more commonly associated with the melanistic variants of leopards or jaguars rather than pumas.