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Photos: Mama Bear And Cub Feast On A Mountain Lion's Leftovers

P-35 posing (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)
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A bear family enjoys a mountain lion's leftovers in a set of startling photos shared by the National Park Service.

Photos recently taken by camera traps reveal the female mountain lion, P-35, as she feasts on the caracas of a deer. The beautiful shots, shared on the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Facebook page, also revealed a couple of unexpected visitors. According to Zach Behrens of the National Park Service (who also contributes to LAist), the photos were taken in the Santa Susana Mountains, just northwest of the Valley.


Digging in (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)
After posing for the camera, P-35 departs from the cache—the site where she typically stores food for later. But her kill is soon discovered by a mother bear who stands on her hind legs, gives the caracas a sideways glance and then proceeds to dig in, as she is joined by her cub.

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You talkin' to me? (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)


Bear snack (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)
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