mountain lion kitten
Mountain lion kittens P-93 and P-94

National Park Service

P-93: It's a Wrap for the Summer of Kittens

Female | Born July 2020 | Alive

On August 6, 2020, biologists found female kittens P-93 and P-94 in the central portion of the Santa Monica Mountains. P-80, their mother, was away from the den. At the time, the kittens were estimated to be 32 days old and they appeared to be in good health. P-80 had her kittens within the Woolsey Fire burn perimeter, but in an area in the southwest corner that still supports healthy mature chaparral.

P-63 is the likely father. Biologists discovered him traveling with P-80 for four days in early April.

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 six months old) and had already left the den site.

Last updated: October 21, 2020

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