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Mountain lion delivers 4 female kittens in mountains near LA

Mountain Lion Kittens
Posted at 11:10 AM, Dec 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-09 14:10:38-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion tracked by biologists in mountains near Los Angeles gave birth over the summer to four healthy kittens, officials said this week.

The National Park Service said Tuesday that the cougar dubbed P-99 delivered the litter last July in the western Santa Monica Mountains.

The kittens, all females, have been named P-109, P-110, P-111, and P-112.

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This Aug. 2022 photo released by National Park Service, NPS, shows a baby mountain lion kitten in a well-protected shelter in a rocky area of the western Santa Monica Mountains, Calif. (Jeff Sikich/National Park Service via AP)

Biologists were able to examine and tag the baby lions in late August while their mother was away from the den, the park service said in a statement.

In addition, two female adult mountain lions — P-105 and P-106 — have been added to the 20-year research study. Scientists are tracking how the big cats live in habitat fragmented by the LA area's urban sprawl.

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This photo released by National Park Service, NPS, shows adult female mountain lion, P-105 in a rocky area of the western Santa Monica Mountains, Calif., captured on July 28, 2022. (Jeff Sikich/National Park Service via AP)

Los Angeles officials are considering creating a regional wildlife district aimed at protecting mountain lions and other animals including bobcats, coyotes and deer.