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Remote camera captures mountain lion and her kittens

Two nearly grown mountain lion kittens and their mother were recently spotted at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains by remote camera. National Park Service via Flickr

Two nearly grown mountain lion kittens and their mother were recently spotted by a remote camera at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service said in a Facebook post.

The new images (WARNING: some of the photos contain graphic content), taken in mid-February, show P-19 and her two nearly grown kittens, P-32 and P-33, feeding on a deer carcass.

This is P-19’s second litter. The kittens' sibling, P-34, had already left on its own before the photos were taken, according to the post. Since the images were taken, the other two kittens may have also left their mom. Kittens normally stay with their mother until they are about a year to a year and a half old, according to the park service.

NPS has been tracking all three of the kittens since they were four weeks old, according to the post.

Since 2002, NPS scientists have been monitoring mountain lions in the mountain range. Their efforts are meant to help understand how human development and urbanization is impacting the cats, according the NPS.