Family of bobcats found in ‘unusual’ California tree den | California

A family of Bobcats near Los Angeles have been found inside what scientists call an unexpected home – a tree hollow in an area that was badly burned by a 2018 wildfire.

The National Park Service said biologists studying bobcats in Southern California found a mother and three kittens this spring.

Biologist Joan Moriarty says the bobcat “dining” on a tree is unusual.

Their dens are usually found in hollow areas of thick, coastal sage or in wooden nests made of piles of sticks and leaves.

The park service said Thursday that scientists believe the bobcat used the cavity because so few plants have grown since the Woolsey Fire devastated the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills.

The mother was first arrested in Symi Hills more than a year after the fire. It was placed on a wireless tracking collar and was designated B-370 in a study of how the bobcat survives in an area where wildlife is being disintegrated by urban development.

A bobcat found in the hollow of a large oak tree in the Santa Monica Mountain Range.
A bobcat found in the hollow of a large oak tree in the Santa Monica Mountain Range. Photo: AP

Moriarty suspected the B-370 was in disguise, but had trouble finding it last month.
“Then I looked at this little hole in the tree, and her face was exploding in my face,” she said.

Moriarty used a remote camera mounted on an extension pole to see the cats.


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