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These Recently Discovered Mountain Lion Kittens Are All Of Us

It's been a year so far.

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You're just going about your day, hoping for a better week, when ANOTHER REALLY BAD THING HAPPENS SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD.


These five kittens who get us so well were ear-tagged and returned to their respective dens earlier this month in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains, just north of Los Angeles, National Park Service officials said Wednesday.

The mountain lions are tracked and studied as they navigate forest lands that are crisscrossed with busy freeways and urban communities.

"Despite the challenges mountain lions in this area face, the animals we’ve studied appear to be reproducing successfully," wildlife biologist Jeff Sikich said in a statement.

The three females and two males will now have to grow up with the challenges facing urban mountain lions: Traffic, poison-tainted prey, and other adults competing for resources and limited territory.


Watch video of biologists encountering the kittens here:

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Jason Wells is deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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