On average, a mountain lion eats 8 to 10 pounds of meat a day. They will usually bring down large game (such as a deer) once a week or so and continue feeding on it daily until it is gone. A female mountain lion with hungry kittens is likely to feed more often, so she can keep her strength and the strength of her kittens up.
When mountain lions hunt, they tend to kill large prey relative to their own size. They will gorge on a big meal of flesh, but then not eat again for many days. Paul Houghtaling, a mountain lion researcher, hypothesizes that after such a feast, a lion may not eat again for 10 days. It depends, however, on the seasons and availability of prey at the time.
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