In Northern California, in an undisclosed location, researchers released a video of 11-day-old cubs in a den with their mother mountain lion. The location in Sonoma County is in the Glen Ellen/Kenwood area. It is hoped to help teach bay area residents how to live safely in the mountain lion territory.
In this extra dose of absolute “adorableness ” magnified 100 times, the lead scientist, Quinton Martins was able to hide a video camera inside of the mountain lion’s den. According to the Audubon Canyon Ranch social media page, “Living with Lions,” the team has been able to place GPS collars on nine wild mountain lions to track the animals in their natural habitat and how they affect their nearby human neighbors.
“Will Sonoma’s Super Mama mountain lion see these kittens grow to adulthood? The odds are against them. Along with natural perils, there are deadly threats from humans. With your help, ACR’s Living with Lions program conducts research, shares the lives of North Bay lions, and works with our community to safeguard both domestic animals and wildlife.”
The video showed the mom stayed with her cubs for 28 hours before going out to hunt and take care of herself.
During last year’s Nunns Fire, much of the team’s equipment was lost, but computer data was saved, and the non-profit organization was able to garner enough donations to get the project back into action. All of the lions that had been collared survived the fires, but still face threats from humans trying to protect their pets and livestock.
California law allows an owner of livestock or pets to obtain a depredation permit to have the lion killed. People are encouraged to keep their livestock safe in “predator proof enclosures at night” when the mountain lions hunt for prey. Some hobby area farmers leave their small animals outside in spite of having a barn where livestock would be safe at night from predatory animals.
In the history of this female lion labeled “P-1,” none of her two previous cubs survived. Three of her cubs died from natural causes, however two were killed trying to kill livestock.
Research bears out that killing mountain lions will not make animals safe since the animals are very territorial and keep other mountain lions from coming into their areas. Once one is killed, another lion takes over. In addition the animals keep the eco-system in balance. Don’t wild animals have just as much right to live and raise their young as humans?
(Photo screenshot via video)
Check out the video, and keep your fingers crossed, these little ones get to live their lives:
DONATE: https://egret.org/give Will Sonoma's Super Mama mountain lion see these kittens grow to adulthood? The odds are against them. Along with natural perils, there are deadly threats from humans. With your help, ACR's Living with Lions program conducts research, shares the lives of North Bay lions, and works with our community to safeguard both domestic animals and wildlife.
Posted by Audubon Canyon Ranch on Friday, August 17, 2018
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