P-62: Simi Hills Mom
Female | Alive
In July 2019, our biologist recaptured P-62 to replace her GPS collar and also captured and collared one of her four offspring, who is now 14 months old (either P-66 or P-67).
P-62 gave birth to a litter of four female kittens in June 2018. They are known as P-66, P-67, P-68, and P-69. Biologists visited the den site while she was away on June 11, locating it after several previous attempts failed because radio telemetry showed that she was still at the den with her kittens.
She was initially captured in February 2018 and outfitted with a GPS collar. At that time, she was with her son, P-63 (from an earlier litter), who was approximately 15 months old at the time of his capture and has since dispersed from his mom. Both cats were captured north of the 101 Freeway on Boeing land at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the Simi Hills. At the time, she was estimated to be around 3-4 years old.
Most recently, she and her daughter (unidentified at this time) were captured north of the 101 Freeway on Boeing land at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the Simi Hills. The kitten was missing its left ear tag, so we cannot confirm who it is at this point. At the time of this most recent capture, both cats appeared healthy.
The sad news is we believe, based on numerous remote camera images, that only two of P-62's kittens (from June 2018 litter) may have survived. It's not uncommon for some kittens, especially in a large litter, not to survive their first year. We know based on remote camera images, thanks to Boeing, that all four kittens were together until they were at least 6 months old.