Two bobcat kittens were found and tagged as part of a 20-year study on wild cats in the Santa Monica hills in California.
A wild cat study has been going on in the Southern California for the past 20 years. Researchers knew one of their tagged bobcats had a litter of kittens and went to tag the new litter.
They waited until the mother was away from the den to take the kittens out and measure their teeth, head, tail, and legs. They took blood samples and put ear tags on them since they are still too young for GPS collars. The kittens were given the scientific names of B-326 and B-327. We mustn’t get too attached…they are still wild animals.
More than 300 bobcats in the Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Agoura Hills have been tracked and are being monitored to study how urbanization is affecting the wildcat population.
The National Park Service is monitoring the number of vehicular collisions with wildcats and a mange outbreak that happened from 2002-2006. Mange can be fatal and is potentially caused by the cats eating rat poison. The populations have since rebounded.
The National Park Service will continue to track the bobcat family with remote camera images and the mother’s GPS collar.
All images via Ventura County Star