Two mountain lion kittens were found in the Santa Monica Mountains by animal experts from NPS ( National Park Service). The male and the female kittens were named P-46 and P-47.
The mountain lion is also known as a cougar, panther or catamount. This species adapts easily to almost any habitat and thus it can be found in most types of American habitats. The heaviest cat in the world is the jaguar, followed closely by the mountain lion. The mountain lions are solitary animals and are considered crepuscular and nocturnal creatures. They can be seen during in the middle of the day as well. The mountain lion is related closely more to the domestic cat, than to other felines in its family.
After the kittens were found, the researchers implanted electronic trackers on them, in order to be able to monitor them while they will be in the wild. According to Jeff Sikich, who is a biologist at the National Recreation Area in the Santa Monica Mountains, the population of the mountain lions seems to increase. Unfortunately, the area around the Santa Monica Mountains is urbanized and the kittens will be endangered by the freeways and the rat poison.
Researchers from NPS are monitoring a lot of lion mountains in the area, and so they have discovered that the mother of the kittens is called P-19. Their reports show that the mother nursed her newborn kittens for three weeks, before abandoning them. P-19 has been monitored since 2010, since she was just a few weeks old kitten. It is still unclear if the father of the kittens is P-12 or P-45, which is a newly discovered male lion.
NPS is supported by donations that come mainly from the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. That fund is enabled by the private donators. The researchers have been studying the mountain lions from the Santa Monica Mountains since 2002. Their main focus is finding out how exactly do these animals manage to survive in an urban area which has a fragmented habitat.
A wildlife that would cross over the Ventura Freeway situated in the Agoura Hills has been proposed. This would connect the habitat from the Santa Monica Mountains to the one in the Sierra Madres. The two mountain lion kittens that were found in the Santa Monica Mountains mark the ninth time that a litter of lion mountain kittens are found in the den of the Santa Monica Mountains.
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