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Bobcat Which Survived Woolsey Fire Gives Birth To Four Kittens; Sets Up Camp In Westlake Village

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A bobcat which survived the Woolsey Fire gave birth to four kittens in Ventura County

A bobcat which survived the Woolsey Fire is a new mom, with a litter of four kittens.

The big cat known as B-362 was tagged, and equipped with a radio tracking collar just a day before last November's nearly 100,000 acre fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area biologists used the tracking capability to locate the bobcat's den, which was in dense vegetation in the backyard of a Weslake Village home.  The biologists say it's heartening to see healthy cubs after something as traumatic for wildlife as the fire.

The four week old kittens are tiny, weighing from less than a pound to around a pound and a half.  Mother bobcats usually care for their kittens for about nine to 11 months.  They will start following their mother at around 12 weeks old, and learn how to hunt as they gradually become independent.