Video: Two New Mountain Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains | Link TV
Video: Two New Mountain Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains
Here's some much-needed good news for fans of Southern California wildlife: there are two new mountain lion kittens in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Well, maybe not kittens. The two, males dubbed P-55 and P-56, are well on their way to being full-grown. But National Park Service biologists say the pair are juveniles, relatively new additions to the Santa Monicas' top predator population.
The names come from the fact that the pair are the 55th and 56th pumas logged in the National Park Service's multi-year study of southern California's urban mountain lions.
The two boys were discovered in early April when they caught in biologists' humane traps earlier this month. The two captures took place in the same spot, suggesting that the pair may be siblings — unrelated male lions would be less likely to roam the same turf. The Park Service won't know for sure whether the big cats are littermates until testing is finished on DNA samples taken by biologists.
Though the discovery is a bit of welcome news after a year in which In too many SoCal lions were killed in traffic, life will be tough for P-55 and P-56.
In a post announcing the find on the Santa Monica Mountains NRA's Facebook page, National Park Service spokesperson Zach Behrens says the pair "will face the same threats as previous younger males in the mountains: a habitat fragmented by freeways and development (along with rat poison moving up the food chain) and the dominant male lions who already have staked a claim to the area."
For now, the protected land in the Santa Monicas offers some refuge for the two new lions. But until we make it easier for mountain lions to travel Southern California without the risk of becoming roadkill, the threats will remain.
In the meantime, here's some video of P-56 courtesy the National Park Service. That's a good-looking "kitten."
The Yurok people care for all of their family members, and their kin — including condors and salmon — reciprocate the care.
Places like Taylor Yard give us a window to explore ways to balance the city's critical needs for green space, livable space and climate change strategies.
All around the United States is a 100-mile border zone where one can be searched and one's things seized. Policies way beyond what the constitution allows is regularly implemented. Artists drew on select sites. Here's what they realized.
Created by policymakers in the 1940s, the border zone extends 100 miles inland from the nation’s land and sea boundaries and houses nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population. It's also where the 4th amendment rights of the people have been subverted.
- 1 of 63
- next ›
The global demand for oil and gas has long-lasting impacts on the communities that supply it.
The global demand for avocados is having a devastating impact on a drought-stricken community in Chile.
Following groups like “Guardians of the Forest,” we explore illegal lumber poaching in the forests of Brazil and Oregon, where citizens and scientists are working together to combat the illegal lumber trade.
The realities of milk production are forcing dairy communities across the globe to rethink the dairy production process.
Solar power is changing lives in unexpected places. This episode visits with unique solar power training programs in Zanzibar and Los Angeles.
- 1 of 9
- next ›