"Mountain lions are more afraid of us than we are of them."
National Park Service biologists recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. The pair's mother is thought to be a well-tracked mountain lion designated as P-19, but DNA testing is underway to confirm who their father is. Nonetheless, researchers say this successful birth highlights the habitat quality of the Santa Monica Mountains.
A hunted male mountain lion was found to have a full set of teeth and whiskers growing out of its head. Experts say this bizarre growth could be the remnants of a conjoined twin that died in the womb or possibly a kind of rare tumour.
In order to raise mountain lions' seriously faltering genetic diversity in Southern California, translocation or safe pathways over a highway are advised by researchers.
It's official: the rare and elusive "eastern puma" has been removed from the list of North American wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act. Traditionally, this would imply a recent loss or success for conservationists, but not so with this top cat. In fact, officials have revealed that the cougar in question may have been extinct for decades.
More have made it! Nearly three years after the famous "Hollywood mountain lion" crossed the Southland freeways looking for a new home, two more have braved and successfully accomplished the same feat.
A population of California mountain lions has been split up because of local freeways and construction, but they may soon be reunited with the construction of an overpass, reports say.