Mountain lion kittens found near Los Angeles are an adorable find
Five kittens were found in two dens in the the Santa Susana Mountains.
litters of mountain lion kittens living in the Santa
Susana Mountains north of Los Angeles. The NPS has
released videos of the kittens, which the service
tagged as part of a study into how mountain lions
are affected by human infrastructure in and around
according to wildlife biologist Jeff Sikich, but the
threats will pile up as the kittens age, he told the
Los Angeles Times.
a potential habitat for mountain lions, which
have come a long way in the last century.
Considered a threat to animal husbandry
because of their habit of picking off livestock,
they were declared a “bountied predator”
in 1907, with a $20 incentive offered for
each one killed. In 1919, the state even hired
a pair of full-time hunters, adding trappers
and two more hunters to their payroll in
subsequent decades.One litter has two
female kittens born to a mother tagged
as P-35. The other litter contains two males
and a female, born to mother P-39. Both
litters are believed to have the same
began to spread among a greater portion
of the public, the bounty program ended,
and the lions began gaining protections
that culminated in a moratorium on
hunting them in 1990.
helped the population grow from an
estimated 2,000 in the 1970s to between
4,000 and 6,000 at present, according
to the California Department of Fish
and Game Services. The lions are not
considered threatened or endangered
in the state, so while there is no season
on the big cats, about 60 are legally killed
each year with depredation permits, plus
others killed for posing a threat to humans
or endangered bighorn sheep.
who found the new litters say they identified
the father by using GPS tracking data.