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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mountain Lion Family of Three

You might remember that I captured this photo of a mountain lion next to our house.
Since then, I've checked some other trail cameras, and I discovered that a family of three mountain lions were in our neck of the woods around that time.

Here's the arrival of the first one in front of a trail camera about 3/4 of a mile from our house. Immediately, I noticed that he had fading spots, telling me that he's a kitten.
Just after him, his mother arrived. She is larger in stature and has no spots. They both sniffed beneath a tree where many mountains lions have marked in the past.
Then, to top off the party, another kitten arrived. Do you see the stripes on the inside of his front right leg? That's another sure sign that this cat is a kitten. Adult mountain lions have no spots or stripes. My guess is that these kittens were 4-5 months old at the time of these photos based on the visible spots.
The three of them sniffed the ground together. I must say that three mountain lion tails in a row is an intimidating sight to me when I'm standing next to where they were photographed!
Mom was the first to depart.
And then the trail camera captured my favorite photo of them all. The kitten who is looking at the camera actually looks cute! And he is so obviously a youngster!
There was clearly one larger and one smaller kitten. I'm not sure why they are different sizes. Perhaps one is a male and the other is a female. Or perhaps one is better at claiming his/her share of the food than the other.
Soon, all three had departed. I didn't get photos in any other locations of the three together, although I did get a few photos that could have been the mother by herself (like the first photo in this post).

This is the first time that my trail cameras have captured photos of a mother and two kittens in our neck of the woods. I hope that we get more glimpses of them as they grow up!


  1. Amazing! I hope to see them again too!

  2. Great find!!! We so enjoy your analysis of the photos you capture on those trail cameras.

  3. Oh my gosh,,, look at all those big kitties!

  4. What a magical moment to capture! And right near Mother's Day, too!

  5. Crikey ..... how special is that????? Beautiful!!

  6. a lot of power in that family!

  7. What a gift KB! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  8. Three tails, have you ever seen them in daylight, close by? And, as always, thanks so much for sharing, something I would never EVER get to see otherwise, they are magnificent, each one.

  9. What a treat to see all three at once. Absolutely amazing.

  10. Thanks for sharing such a cool sighting. We hope you see more of that family.

  11. Amazing!!! If Goose was still here he would say, "here kitty kitty"

  12. Thank you for sharing this, it is so amazing to me to watch.

    Anne and Sasha

  13. That was fantastic. We hope they come back soon.

  14. Holy Moly!!! I can just imagine your reaction when you saw these pictures!!! WOW!!! You have a gift, my friend! Amazing pictures!!

  15. So awesome. That's a good sign that the population is healthy.

  16. Wow, that is a very active area! Personally we'd be nervous!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. So cool to have those trail cameras
    Lily & Edward

  18. Beautiful wildlife! We don't have much here on the island but are still hearing the coyotes.Lots of birds though.

  19. Oh, KB! Those are very special images indeed! Thank you so much for sharing them. I hope you'll be able to see those babies grow up and their mama live a long, healthy life.

  20. Wow! I'm glad they have a plentiful food supply! The pictures are amazing.

  21. Very cool. How exciting (altho a litle scary). I know you say they don't bother you...but I'd be a little nervous.


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