P-48: Santa Susana Mountains Kitten
Female | Born May 2016 | Presumed alive
P-48 and sister P-49 were born in the Santa Susana Mountains to P-35, who gave birth to another kitten, P-44. It is suspected that P-44 did not survive.
P-48's father is thought to be P-38, based on GPS locations of him traveling and spending multiple days with P-35 months before P-48, and sibling P-49, were born. A similarly timed scenario played out with the litter of P-50 through P-52.
National Park Service researchers discovered two litters of mountain lion kittens in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains in June 2016. A total of five kittens, three females and two males, were eartagged and returned to their respective dens earlier this month.
P-48 is the kitten in the background of this photo.
Last updated: September 6, 2018