P-56: New Dad in the Western Santa Monica Mountains?
Male | Born 2015 (estimated) | Alive
This subadult male roams the most western end of the Santa Monica Mountains. He was first caught and outfitted with a GPS tracking device in April 2017, a few days after P-55 in the same spot. DNA analysis is underway, but they are suspected of being siblings.
He is the suspected father of a new litter of kittens (P-70, P-71, P-72 and P-73). P-19 is the mother of this new litter and she happens to be P-56’s grandmother. P-56’s mother is P-23, P-19’s daughter.
Although genetic testing is required to confirm P-56’s paternity, the two mountain lions spent time together 90 days prior to the birth of the kitten, which is the gestation period for mountain lions. Females, however, can breed with multiple males during an estrus cycle, a recurring period of sexual receptivity and fertility in many mammals.