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Photos: Bobcat Gives Birth to 3 Cute Babies in Calabasas

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains. We've seen them before, jumping from tree to tree, in Sherman Oaks, but today we learn of a mother bobcat who recently gave birth to three playful (and cute!) kittens.

You'll notice that mom has a collar and some ear tags. That's because she's part of a Caltrans and National Park Service study on wildlife connectivity. She and the kittens live in Calabasas near the 101 freeway and officials want to know where and how these urban carnivores cross the artery in order to improve connections. Funding is currently suspended, but the agencies are working to recapture funds to complete the project soon.

"These kittens... along with their mother, are the animals that we would follow as part of this project if funding is restored, and they are the animals that would potentially directly benefit from increased connectivity across 101," explained an e-mail from wildlife scientists at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.