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Big cats

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Big cats

They might look like an overgrown version of your pet, but don't forget that you're on the menu of almost all of the wild big cats. In North America, pumas are an occasional threat to lone hikers and small children. But all of the world's big cats — including tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards and cheetahs — can threaten lives if they are mishandled. There are an estimated 15,000 big cats kept captive in the United States, and only a small percentage of them are in accredited zoos.