Fauna

Two wary cougars slowly eat a deer in the San Gabriels (video)

two-lions-feeding-martinez.jpgRobert Martinez sure has a knack for putting his trail cameras in the right place. This time his cameras in the San Gabriel Mountains above Glendora caught two mountain lions, apparently a mother and yearling, feeding on a deer kill at night. They take their time about it, and while they appear wary about any possible interlopers, they actually seem pretty unworried. The younger of the pumas, I assume, hisses toward the mother and rolls over and presents a lot of familiar cat-like behavior, right beside the carcass. The footage is rather graphic — you are right there as the lions begin to feed on the deer — but it's a night view so there is no red blood.

Martinez's previous videos have observed lions taking down deer, bears walking together and other wildlife just above Glendora, where he lives. Since I wrote about Martinez in September, he has been featured in several media outlets.

By the way, the lions his cameras observe appear to be uncollared and not tagged. The lion population that is intensely tracked by the National Park Service is in the Santa Monica Mountains. P-22, the lion roaming Griffith Park within the Los Angeles city limits, belongs to that population.


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