Untagged female mountain lion poses above Glendora

lion-glendora-martinez.jpgCougar in the San Gabriel Mountains photographed with trail camera placed by Robert Martinez.

The mountain lions in the San Gabriels are untagged, uncollared and unnamed (and uncounted.) But they are just as beautiful as the ones the National Park Service monitors in the Santa Monica Mountains (and now, the Verdugos.) Judging by this new photo from above Glendora, the San Gabriel Mountains cougars may be even prettier. Makes sense: They have more range and presumably more prey to choose from, and fewer cars and urban encroachments to worry about. These lions don't have to cross any freeways to mate and be happy.

This newest female was photographed by Robert Martinez, who I've told you about before. His wilderness cameras up in the mountains near Glendora have captured an astounding number and array of large animals through the years. Last year he spotted four pumas together on one trail. My posts have helped Martinez get some attention for his images and videos on TV news. Check him out on YouTube.

Previously on LA Observed:
Trail cam in San Gabriels spots four lions together (video)
Urban wildlife update: Lions, tarantulas and oarfish
Two wary cougars slowly eat a deer in the San Gabriels (video)
Another LA-area lion drags away a deer on camera (video)*

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