Two mountain lion kitten were found in Trione-Annadel State Park days after they were born.

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Newborn Mountain Lions Recorded In Sonoma

Jeffrey Schaub
March 14, 2019 - 11:39 am

GLEN ELLEN — A wildlife researcher recorded newborn mountain lion cubs in a state park in Sonoma County, providing rare footage of the seldomly seen animals. 

The two mountain lion kittens were born about 10 days before Quinton Martins, director of the Living with Lions project, tracked them in Trione-Annadel State Park in early February. His footage was just recently released. 

"The chances of actually finding mountain lion cubs in the wild are very close to zero," said Martins.

A tracking device attached to the cubs' mother about six months ago helped him locate the cubs. He recorded them while their mother foraged miles away. 

Martins hopes to learn more about the mountain lions' behavior, such as what territory they cover and how they survive in the wild. Cubs typically remain with their mother for 12 to 18 months, he said.