Puma Profiles: P-83

Kittens among grass and brush.

Initial capture date: May 14, 2020

P-82, P-83 and P-84 kicked off the summer of kittens in 2020. They are a part of the first of five kitten dens found in a three-month period.

P-54, a 4-year-old mountain lion, was away from her den when biologists discovered it on May 14, 2020. The father is suspected to be P-63. P-82 and P-83 are males, and P-84 is a female.

In total, 13 kittens were born to five mountain lion mothers between May and August 2020. This is the first time this many mountain lion kittens have been found within such a short period of time during the long-term study, in which a total of 21 litters of kittens have been marked at the den site by researchers. Previously, the highest number of dens found in one year was four (across 10 months in 2015). Three additional litters have been found when the kittens were older (at least 6 months old) and had already left the den site.

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Last updated: January 20, 2023