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See Why the Mysterious Mountain Lion Is the 'Bigfoot' of Big Cats

Much like the legendary Bigfoot or Yeti, the elusive mountain lion has also acquired its own mythical status. The secretive and solitary nature of this species makes them notoriously difficult to study and understand. Although there is much we still do not know about the secretive lives of mountain lions, innovative research techniques and technology have allowed biologists to get a glimpse into the behavior, diet, and ecology of these mysterious big cats.

In this short film by Ben Masters, get up close with Texas’ largest apex predator as biologists from the Borderlands Research Institute track, capture, and collar cougars in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.