Puma, mountain lion, cougar, painter, mountain cat, catamount, and many other names are being used to refer the same animal.

In fact, this animal holds the Guinness world record for the highest number of names being used for a particular animal.

The interesting fact about naming of the mountain lion is that the different names are based on the geographical localities. There are many myths related to this interesting carnivore, but this article would not explore through those. The main objective of this writing is to straighten any doubtful information about mountain lions, as it could be easily confusing.

As both the names, Puma and mountain lion, refer to one biological animal species, this article describes the important biological characteristics first, and then concentrates to find the disparities about naming, especially the difference between mountain lion and puma.

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