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manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
This picture was taken through glass at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert, California.

Mountain Lion
a.k.a. puma, cougar, panther, catamount
Puma concolor

What does it look like?
Next to the jaguar, the puma is the largest American cat. In the Southwest, the adult males weigh from 100 to 160 pounds, and the females from 60 to 110 pounds.

The body of the puma is elongated with a long tail, small head and small rounded ears.
Pumas are buff colored above and lighter below.
They have contrasting dark and light markings on their muzzles and on the backs of their ears.
The tip of the tail is dark brown. The kittens have dark spots.

What are some behaviors?
Except for mothers with kittens, lions are solitary animals. An individual may range over 100 square miles or more. The range of an individual may overlap with other mountain lions, particularly males overlapping female territories. The pumas usually avoid one another in these areas of overlap. They will leave scat, scrape in the dirt with their hind feet, or urine-mark foliage or boulders as scent information for other cats. Active defense of a territory is unusual.

A hunting lion goes to places where it is more likely to find deer, like a water hole or a canyon bottom. It waits in ambush or stalks deer at these sites. Prey is captured with a quick rush. The lion grasps the deer around its shoulders with its sharp retractile claws, and delivers a killing bite to the neck. The lionís long canine teeth typically separate the neck vertebrae and severe the spinal column. Death is usually quick for the deer and the killing is relatively safe for the lion.

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manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Desaturations
Edited by:Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)

In photoshop elements desaturations were done in a number of selected areas of the face.
First, the eyes were selected and increased the green in hue/sat.
Second, the cyan/blue were desaturated from the whole image thereby decreasing the green in eyes to the image's original.
Third, I worked on the nose and tongue, some tweeking of desaturations and saturations and hue adjustments.
Fourth, a highpass with a hardlight reduced to about 30 odd percent. I enjoyed working on this cat.

Hope you like it. :)

Mike

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manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Contrast
Edited by:coasties Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)

Added contrast +29 and reduced brightness -9