Meet P-54 — LA’s newest mountain lion kitten
marked a four-week-old mountain lion kitten as P-54.
The mother is P-23. Photo courtesy National Park Service
of state and federal officials —
a four-week-old mountain lion kitten.
biologists from the California
of Fish and Wildlife said the female kitten, given the new
name P-54, is the daughter of
mountain lion P-23.
officials, as he is P-23’s half-brother,
which would make the young kitten a product of inbreeding.
traveling together for three
days. Approximately 90 days later, GPS data indicated
that P-23 had given birth.
reproduce successfully,” said
Jeff Sikich, biologist for Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area.
“Unfortunately, these animals are stuck on an island
of habitat, with very little
movement in and out of the Santa Monica Mountains,
which has led to multiple cases
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Historical picture of a Los Angeles Puma feeding on Black Tail deer kill
Historical picture of a Los Angeles mother Puma and kitten feeding on deer kill