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CUTE PHOTOS: Litter of Bobcat Kittens Found in Westlake Village after Mom Escapes Woolsey Fire

April 19, 2019 - 9:05 am

There are new and adorably fuzzy kittens in town!

A bobcat gave birth to the four kittens recently -- the mother was captured and collared a day before the Woolsey Fire started in November.

The collared bobcat, named B-362, was in a large backyard in Westlake Village.

The bobcat was found by biologists from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area using VHF radio-telemetry and GPS points. Researchers received permission from the homeowner to access the den.

While the mommy was away from her den, her kittens were weighed, measured, and given a health check by researchers. They were also ear tagged for the purpose of future identification.

Biologist Joanne Moriarty, who has been studying bobcats at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for more than 15 years, said she was happy to see a bobcat reproduce, especially after such a tumultuous time in the region, according to a press release from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Friday.

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“This cat first had to deal with her habitat getting completely burned in the fire and then finding a new home in an unburned area,” Moriarty said in the press release. “She chose a den in thick brush where she could keep her kittens safe.”

B-362 was originally captured in the Hillcrest Open Space, west of Westlake Boulevard, an area in Thousand Oaks owned by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency (COSCA). It burned in the Woolsey Fire and the mother bobcat had been living in an unburned area nearby. 

B-362’s litter has one male and three female kittens, and the male is the runt of the litter. 

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-KNX 1070