According to fossilised bones, snow leopard-like cheetahs inhabited America tens of thousands of years ago, chasing mountain goats through difficult terrain.
The American cheetah (Miracinonyx trumani) has been extinct for a long time.
However, after cave fossils were discovered near the Grand Canyon that were previously assumed to be pumas, a study shed new light on the species.
Researchers claim that they reviewed the fossils and now suggest that the identification of a Rancholabrean puma at the Grand Canyon is wrong.
Rancholabrean pumas are pumas that lived between 250,000 and 12,000 years ago.