The term derived from the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles California. Because it is the hills where wildlife live such as cougars, deer, etc... Much like a cougar, the rich woman living in the Hollywood hills comes down the mountain to prey on young men. The younger guys usually struggling actors/waiters, starving musicians, starving students, or just starving are eager to get their drinks paid for by these ladies. They also hope these ladies will invite them back to their pad for some fun in their beautiful rich homes.
Since the term started to catch on and expand across the states the definition has been changed many times over.
However, the basic character is the same. Financially secure women over 30 years old who like younger men to marry, sleep with, or just have around for eye candy.
Three common flaws in the cougar’s camouflage:
1. She knows a lot of your acquaintances and they tend to have positive initial individual reactions to seeing her, but quickly shy away when they realize they are in the herd. (Cougars are known to prey upon many animals in the same herd that generally enjoy the experience but fear publicly admitting the encounter, as falling prey to a cougar scars the reputation.)
2. Despite her ability to fit in by wearing the current fashion, during conversation about current popular music or TV culture she may make references of many retro or historical topics that you may or may not have some basic knowledge of. (Cougars are generally fifteen or more years older than they appear in a dimly lit bar or club and generally prey upon victims substantially younger than they are.)
3. Cougars tend to have trophy toys to entice their prey such as expensive sports cars, hot tubs, expensive homes, etc. which are products of their years of success in their careers. (These luxuries are not easily afforded during the more youthful period that preceded becoming a cougar.)
Bear in mind, once a cougar on the prowl has cornered you, separated you from the herd and pounced, you too will likely not publicly admit to the encounter.
Demographic: The cougar has typically been divorced or is a single mother who has had children at a very young age and is trying to relive her lost youth. Her occupation tends to be that of the pink collar variety: administrative assistant, government worker, or receptionist for oil-field equipment companies. They can also be sighted working for policing organizations because of easy access to fresh meat in the form of young recruits. The Western Candian Cougar loves men, and despises all women, especially young, better educated women whom she fears may steal her job. She sees her main role in the workplace as that of snitch and clock-watcher for the office manager, and never hesitates to tattle on truants or tardy co-workers. The Western Cougars can be seen at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm, smoking in groups outside of any office building, glaring at passerby and simpering for any passing men.
Dress: The Western Canadian cougar dresses in cheap, tight clothing bought in the Juniors department of Stitches or the Garage Clothing Company. It is extremely important to the Western Canadian Cougar that she stills fits into Junior-sized clothing, as poorly-fitting and inappropriate as it may be because it proves that she still has her fabulous bod even after years of smoking, babies, and drinking.
Makeup: Consists of a hard scrawl of black eye-liner on both upper and lower lids, pink pearlescent lisptick, and wrinkles inadvertantly emphasized by a real or fake tan. This is a very important indicator for those observing the Western Canadian Cougar, in particular, lip wrinkles and pouchy eyes. The Western Canadian Cougar does not have easy access to plastic surgery, and such defects may be inexpertly camoflaged with bad bronzer and/or clotted concealer.
Hair colour: Predominantly blonde with black roots (although matte black or matte burgundy has also been spotted in some regions), over-processed and over-layered. Hair length is always long. Nails are usually square-tipped and French-manicured, however long, spoon-shaped, and coated with chipped silver polish is also a popular variant in some regions.
Accessories: The Western Canadian Cougar never leaves her house without her smokes, her cell phone, and a bottle of loud perfume such as Obsession, Shalimar, Poison, or Giorgio, lavishly applied regardless of occasion. The Western Canadian Cougar knows that there is no better cover-up for "bar smell" like a squirt of Giorgio applied in the women's washroom at intermission.
Prey: Young guys in voluminous quantity, any time, any where, but usually only for one night.
Habitat: Bars, offices, malls, trailer parks, high density housing developments, row housing.
boy: dude, he's your junior!
girl: so he's hot!
boy: you cougar.