Surveillance video from a home in Amador County captured the rare sight of five mountain lions together.
“We shared the videos and photos with several of our wildlife biologists and none of them could recall ever seeing five mountain lions together in the same photo or video,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira.
According to the biologists, the only time more than one mountain lion can be seen together is either during the mating season or when a mother is raising her cubs, but typically only three at most are seen together. Tira said mountain lions, also known as cougars, typically live solitary lives. During the mating season, two adults will meet but Tira said January is not mating season. Tira said mothers often chase their cubs off after a year, so seeing a family of them is such a rare sight.