Rescued Mountain Lion Kittens Doing Well At Orange County Zoo; Future Habitat Nearing Completion

The two surviving kittens found under a park bench in Thousand Oaks and brought to the Orange County Zoo are doing well and gaining weight, a zoo representative told Wild Animal News in an email. Marisa O’Neil said the kittens now weigh 22 pounds and are “gaining weight steadily.” Mountain lion kittens weigh about 1Continue reading “Rescued Mountain Lion Kittens Doing Well At Orange County Zoo; Future Habitat Nearing Completion”

Orange County Zoo Caring for Orphaned Cougar Kittens; Plans to House Them in New Enclosure Under Construction

The two surviving cougar kittens found under a picnic bench near a Thousand Oaks office building remain under the care of veterinarians at the Orange County Zoo and will probably remain there in a new enclosure that is nearing completion, according to news reports, The two female kittens were half of a litter of fourContinue reading “Orange County Zoo Caring for Orphaned Cougar Kittens; Plans to House Them in New Enclosure Under Construction”

Freeway Over Crossing for Wildlife to Break Ground Soon; More Evidence of Cougar InBreeding Highlights Need For Bridge

Although biologists are pleased at the discovery of a 99th cougar in the Santa Monica Mountains study – a cougar that appears to be healthy – another recent study suggests inbreeding is worse than thought and the long-awaited Liberty Canyon overcrossing for wildlife can’t come a moment too soon. The Liberty Canyon area, home toContinue reading “Freeway Over Crossing for Wildlife to Break Ground Soon; More Evidence of Cougar InBreeding Highlights Need For Bridge”

Newest Cougar in Santa Monica Study Healthy Despite Inbreeding Concerns and Appears to Have Enough to Eat

P-99 the newest mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains research study appears to have been born healthy and doesn’t seem likely to want for food, according to Ana Beatriz-Cholo, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service (NPS). P-99 is a bit of a mystery, she said, because she wasn’t tagged as a kitten inContinue reading “Newest Cougar in Santa Monica Study Healthy Despite Inbreeding Concerns and Appears to Have Enough to Eat”

99th Cougar Captured and Tagged for Santa Monica Mountains Study; But Monrovia the Cougar Found Dead

A three-year old 75 pound female is the latest study animal in the ongoing National Park Service (NPS) study of urban cougars (also known and mountain lions and pumas).. NPS and news reports say she was captured September 8 in the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains. The range includes major freeways such asContinue reading “99th Cougar Captured and Tagged for Santa Monica Mountains Study; But Monrovia the Cougar Found Dead”