See one of four baby mountain lions tagged in the Santa Monicas

Four new mountain lion kittens are prowling in a rocky area of ​​the western Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service announced.

The new litter, all female, is believed to have been born in late July.

Known to researchers as P-109, P-110, P-111 and P-112, the new kittens were tagged and will be part of an ongoing 20-year-old study into how the big cats’ lives intertwine with the urban environment .

According to the National Park Service, the four cats each weighed about 4 pounds and appeared to be healthy.

To tag the four mountain lions on Aug. 24, a biologist used radio signals to track the mother and make sure she had left the den area. Colleagues then took the kittens a short distance away and did a workup — which involves a physical exam, where body measurements are recorded, and attaching an ear tag — before the mother returned.

“Biologists remain in constant radio contact with each other,” the National Park Service said in a statement. “Hence, there is little chance that they will encounter the mountain lion mother.”

Researchers also added two more adult mountain lions to the study, a pair captured in the Santa Susana Mountains. The cats, P-105 and P-106, are believed to be about 4 and 6 years old, respectively.

The most well-known of the local mountain lions, P-22, was captured Monday by the National Park Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife after officials said he had recently been “exhibiting some signs of distress,” including killing a leashed Chihuahua and attacking another dog.

The big cat was found in the backyard of a home in Los Feliz.

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