Bay Cougar I

Collage with Monoprint and Linoleum Block Elements on Hanji
25 x 35.75 inches

This vibrant collage celebrates the majestic Cougar, also known as the Mountain Lion or Puma. Native to California's San Francisco Bay area, these elusive creatures inhabit local parklands and adjacent open spaces but are rarely seen, as they generally avoid human contact. Notably, there have been no recorded mountain lion attacks on people in Alameda County, a significant county in the Bay Area where I reside.

Adult male mountain lions can exceed 8 feet in length, from nose to tail, and typically weigh between 130 and 150 pounds. Adult females can reach 7 feet in length and weigh between 65 and 90 pounds. These powerful predators primarily hunt large animals, such as deer, bighorn sheep, elk, and goats. This piece captures the strength and beauty of these magnificent animals, paying homage to their role in the local ecosystem.

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