Video: These Adorable Cubs Are Proof That Mountain Lions Are Reproducing Near Los Angeles

Researchers have found two litters of cuddly mountain lion cubs living not far from Los Angeles. They identified the two litters, which consist of three females and two males, in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains.

The National Park Service found the fluffy, adorable kittens by tracking down their mothers, known as P-39 and P-35, whom researchers had outfitted with GPS collars. The researchers also noted that a male cougar known as P-38 spent several days with each female months before the cubs were born, which strongly suggests he fathered all five fuzzballs.

The kittens were discovered in dense underbrush and a small cave, an ideal location for a mother mountain lion to raise her young. While they are safe for now, their easy days may be numbered.

“The real challenge comes as these kittens grow older and disperse, especially the males, and have to deal with threats from other mountain lions and also road mortality and the possibility of poisoning from anti-coagulant rodenticide,” Jeff Sikich, a biologist with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, told the Los Angeles Times.

Mountains lions (Puma concolor), also known as cougars, panthers, pumas or catamounts, are expanding in many areas after years of decline. They are primarily threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as getting hit by cars, something that’s particularly dangerous for them in Los Angeles.

Mountain-lion-cubs Two of the mountain lion cubs born in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains, discovered and tagged by National Park Service researchers. National Park Service