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Fauna

P-39 and cubs feeding on a deer

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area posted photos on Facebook last night of a female puma the scientists track, P-39, and two cubs feeding on a mule deer. One of the cubs is ear-tagged, P-40. The other (lower photo) was unknown to researchers. The location is at the "eastern end of the Santa Susana Mountains," so these are not one of the lion groups trapped in the shrinking habitat of the Santa Monicas.

Out of thousands of photos captured by the remote camera, this is one of the few where two of the mountain lions are eating at the same time. In the other photos, they are taking turns. The

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