Bobcat Makes 'Unusual Den' for Kittens in Fire-Damaged Area

Biologists with the National Park Service have found a mother bobcat and three kittens denning in the cavity of a large oak tree in an area that was intensely burnt during the 2018 Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles.

The discovery was part of a study of the ecology and conservation of bobcats in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA).

Scientists described denning in an oak tree as “unusual”, and said the spot was likely chosen as “much of the existing natural habitat in the surrounding area was destroyed after the Woolsey Fire.”

The mother cat was tagged in the year following the 2018 fire. The kittens were tagged for future monitoring, the park service said. Credit: NPS/Joanne Moriarty via Storyful

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