Three Cute Cubs Born to a Local Mountain Lion

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EMPTY_CAPTION" P-54, a three-year old mountain lion living in the Santa Monica Mountains, recently gave birth to a litter of kittens – males P-82 and P-83, and female P-84. Researchers believe this is her first litter," read a post from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"It’s always good news to discover a new litter of kittens, but biologists are hopeful for another reason: the presumed father, male mountain lion P-63, may have just brought something that is much needed into the Santa Monica Mountains – genetic diversity."
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EMPTY_CAPTION"More than four months ago, P-63, the only adult male radio-collared mountain lion living in the Santa Monica Mountains, was repeatedly “located” with P-54 over two days, which is generally an indication of a mating interaction. Approximately 90 days later, researchers noticed a series of localized GPS locations indicating that either P-54 was feeding at a kill site or that she had given birth."
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To read more about these majestic babies, visit the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area's Facebook page now.
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