On the heels of WAN’s report on Friday about the discovery of two young mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, comes the fantastic news that another mountain lion, missing since the end of last year, was found alive on Saturday!
According to a post on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Facebook page over the weekend, P-50 was spotted in a gardening center in Chatsworth on Friday.
Safely tranquilized by officers, it was then discovered that the mountain lion was, in fact, P-50 who had not been seen since his mother, P-39, was fatally struck by a car on the freeway in December 2016.
Sadly, one month later, his siblings, P-51 and P-52, met similar fates as their mother after being hit by separate cars on the dangerous freeway.
Los Angeles Daily News
At the time of P-39’s death, noted the post, “scientists believed that her seven- to eight-month-old kittens were old enough to hunt and survive on their own. Unfortunately, two of the three kittens were also later killed by vehicle strikes. The whereabouts of the third kitten, P50, was unknown until now.”
As per wildlife officials who reported to KTLA, a young and healthy P-50 had apparently been “hunting small mammals to survive and was in good shape.”
“Although it’s not entirely surprising, this story is a great example of the innate survival instinct that mountain lions possess,” explained Rebecca Barboza, a wildlife environmental scientist, to the local news outlet. ”Wild animals are adaptable and have an uncanny ability to survive in these types of situations.”
National Park Service
Eventually, after a physical examination, officers moved P-50 to more suitable habitat in the Santa Susana Mountains where “after waking up from the tranquilizer, he was able to safely walk away on his own.”