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Red Dead Redemption 2 Cougar Location
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Red Dead Redemption 2 Cougar Locations | Map Locations and Loot

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The cougar hunt and the associated ‘6th Master Hunter Challenge’ are considered to be some of the most challenging and rewarding hunts in Red Dead Redemption 2. These graceful animals are not to be trifled with and can kill oblivious players very quickly due to their speed and high damage.

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The best weapons to hunt cougars and mountain lions with are either a rifle or a bow with poison arrows. These weapons are also the best way to obtain the Perfect Cougar Pelt. Cougars sit at the top of their food chain, having rare altercations with bears and wolves over food and territory. Here’s where to find cougar in Red Dead Redemption 2, and what loot you get after hunting them.

Where to Find Cougar Locations in Red Dead Redemption 2

Cougars most densely populate the southwestern region of New Austin. A smaller number can also be found within Big Valley and north of Roanoke Ridge. Here are all the cougar locations in Red Dead Redemption 2:

Red Dead Redemption 2 Map showing the Flat Iron Lake, the Ambarino, and Austin
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If the map above with rdr2 cougar locations is not enough, don’t worry. We’ve detailed everything for you below. More precisely, the locations most likely to find a cougar are:

  • Big Valley
    • The area in and around Black Bone Forest, before the road northwest from Owanjila
    • The fields of lavender north of Vetter’s Echo
  • Cholla Springs
  • Gaptooth Ridge
    • South of Rathskeller Fork
    • West of Tumbleweed
  • Lemoyne
    • The area close to Old Harry Fen and Catfish Jackson’s
  • Rio Bravo
    • Between Benedict Point and Plainview
  • Roanoke Ridge
    • Beaver Hollow
    • Roanoke Valley
    • Brandywine Drop, in the upriver forest on both sides
    • Manito Glade
    • East of Black Balsam Rise
    • Kamassa River Falls, near the state border on both sides of the pond
  • The Heartlands (random only)
  • Tall Trees
    • Cochinay

Cougar Loot

When cougars are skinned, they produce Cougar fur, Big Game Meat, Cougar Fang, and Cougar Carcass. If a cougar has been hunted with either a rifle or a bow, there is also a small chance that it can be skinned for the Perfect Cougar Pelt.

How to Use the Perfect Cougar Pelt in Red Dead Redemption 2

The Perfect Cougar Pelt that the player obtains can be used to craft handy items like the Legend of the East Satchel, which enhances the player’s carrying capacity. This makes the Perfect Cougar Pelt a valuable asset in the game. Luckily, since this guide has all rdr2 cougar locations, you can consult it whenever you need a Perfect Cougar Pelt. All that said, if you’re looking for a Legendary Cougar Pelt, you might have to look elsewhere.

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I have been into gaming since the days of Sega Mega Drive and Amiga. Over the years in gaming, I have raided at a high level, completed rare achievements, coached other players, and written about games since 2016. Whether it’s been clicking heads; developing cities, colonies, and empires; or commanding parties of adventurers; I’ve always prided myself on being able to understand the underlying mechanics of games. Outside of gaming, I enjoy a variety of activities and hobbies, including playing with my pup Astra, working out, as well as crafting, painting, and leatherwork.