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A mountain lion called P-81 found back in March has reproductive and tail defects, which researchers say are signs of inbreeding. National Park Service photos
P-81’s tail and the defect — a kink.
Remote cameras captured two other mountain lions with kinked tails, researchers say.
Scott Steepleton, Editor
4:49 pm PDT September 9, 2020
Mountain lions with reproductive defects and tails kinked like the letter “L” are making biologists with the National Park Service believe that inbreeding is taking place among the species in the Santa Monica Mountains.