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Eight million people and one of the world’s highest densities of mountain lions live next door to each other. To keep track and better understand this top predator, the Santa Cruz Puma Project is and has collared dozens of mountain lions over the years. Through the data from the collars they have determined puma densities, kitten survival rates, habitat use, predator-prey relationships, and most importantly, how humans impact all of those factors. They have discovered that pumas are very afraid of people (even abandoning kills when they hear the sound of people - done through an audio/camera trap study on kills), they have to kill more often since they don’t feed on kills near human settlement as long as pumas in the pure wilderness, that they tend to stay away from settled areas, with dispersing sub-adults being the ones that sometimes venture into human neighborhoods. Despite all of these factors, these pumas have a lot of kittens, many of which make it to adulthood. The leading cause of mountain lion fatality in the area is intraspecific conflict, meaning lions killing each other, probably over territory.
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male in tree during attempt to re-collar him, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00558578 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male in tree during attempt to re-collar him, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male snarling in tree during attempt to re-collar him, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00558577 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male snarling in tree during attempt to re-collar him, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Anna Nisi, Justine Alyssa Smith, and Paul Houghtaling, collaring five week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz...
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00562949 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Anna Nisi, Justine Alyssa Smith, and Paul Houghtaling, collaring five week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Fust, checking vital signs of sub-adult male during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558570 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Fust, checking vital signs of sub-adult male during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Wilmers, placing satellite collar on sub-adult male, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558573 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Wilmers, placing satellite collar on sub-adult male, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Fust, checking vital signs of sub-adult male during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558569 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Fust, checking vital signs of sub-adult male during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Wilmers, next to sub-adult male in box trap during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558568 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Wilmers, next to sub-adult male in box trap during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Chris Fust and Justine Alyssa Smith, measuring canine teeth of sub-adult male during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558572 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Chris Fust and Justine Alyssa Smith, measuring canine teeth of sub-adult male during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Justine Alyssa Smith and Chris Wilmers, taking blood from sub-adult male for analysis during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, Cal...
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00558571 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Justine Alyssa Smith and Chris Wilmers, taking blood from sub-adult male for analysis during collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, Cal...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Alyssa Smith, holding five week old male cub for collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00562948 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Alyssa Smith, holding five week old male cub for collaring, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558540 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558541 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558543 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kitten in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560527 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kitten in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558544 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560526 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558542 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Paul Houghtaling, placing radio collar on six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Max Allen, holding six week old male cub, before biologist Paul Houghtaling places radio collar on him, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, Cali...
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00558538 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Max Allen, holding six week old male cub, before biologist Paul Houghtaling places radio collar on him, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, Cali...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Paul Houghtaling, using telemetry to track mother and cubs near houses, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558537 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Paul Houghtaling, using telemetry to track mother and cubs near houses, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Max Allen, holding six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558539 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Max Allen, holding six week old male cub, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, holding collar, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560503 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, holding collar, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Sean McCain and Dolan Dillon, using telemetry to track male, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560502 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Sean McCain and Dolan Dillon, using telemetry to track male, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) collar and gps data on computer, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560504 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) collar and gps data on computer, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Paul Houghtaling and Justine Alyssa Smith, using satellite data to determine location of den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa...
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00562946 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Paul Houghtaling and Justine Alyssa Smith, using satellite data to determine location of den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, determining location of collared puma and land ownership in the surrounding area, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560500 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, determining location of collared puma and land ownership in the surrounding area, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) tracking points displayed on gps with location of airplane used for aerial telemetry, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00558553 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) tracking points displayed on gps with location of airplane used for aerial telemetry, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Paul Houghtaling, tracking mountain lions from airplane using telemetry, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00558549 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Paul Houghtaling, tracking mountain lions from airplane using telemetry, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Paul Houghtaling, and pilot Mark Dedon, tracking mountain lions from airplane using telemetry, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00558545 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Paul Houghtaling, and pilot Mark Dedon, tracking mountain lions from airplane using telemetry, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Pilot, Mark Dedon, getting ready for take-off, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Livermore, California
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00560507 Pilot, Mark Dedon, getting ready for take-off, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Livermore, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Alyssa Smith, transferring blood for analysis, Santa Cruz Puma Project, UCSC Campus, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558574 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Alyssa Smith, transferring blood for analysis, Santa Cruz Puma Project, UCSC Campus, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Smith, setting up audio response equipment, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00562958 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Smith, setting up audio response equipment, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Smith, setting up camera trap, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00562959 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Smith, setting up camera trap, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, setting up camera trap, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00562957 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, setting up camera trap, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Chris Fust, looking at satellite tracking data before looking for den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558534 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Max Allen and Chris Fust, looking at satellite tracking data before looking for den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Alyssa Smith, using telemetry to track female, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00562945 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Justine Alyssa Smith, using telemetry to track female, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Fust, using telemetry to track mother and cubs, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558535 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Chris Fust, using telemetry to track mother and cubs, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, setting up camera trap, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00562955 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, setting up camera trap, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Anna Nisi, using satellite data to determine location of den in Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods Sta...
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00562950 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Anna Nisi, using satellite data to determine location of den in Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods Sta...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Paul Houghtaling and Anna Nisi, looking for kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00562947 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologists, Paul Houghtaling and Anna Nisi, looking for kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560525 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00560524 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) fifteen day old kittens in den, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Redtick Coonhound (Canis familiaris) being fitted with tracking collar by houndsman, Troy Collinsworth, during attempt to re-collar a male puma, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, Californ...
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00560501 Redtick Coonhound (Canis familiaris) being fitted with tracking collar by houndsman, Troy Collinsworth, during attempt to re-collar a male puma, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz Mountains, Californ...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, with Redtick Coonhound (Canis familiaris) pair and Plott Hound (Canis familiaris) waiting for a puma to climb down from a tree to chase it to a sa...
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00558576 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Sean McCain, with Redtick Coonhound (Canis familiaris) pair and Plott Hound (Canis familiaris) waiting for a puma to climb down from a tree to chase it to a sa...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Redtick Coonhound (Canis familiaris) smelling ground to try and pick up scent of a puma, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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00558575 Redtick Coonhound (Canis familiaris) smelling ground to try and pick up scent of a puma, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Uvas Canyon County Park, Santa Cruz Mountains, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Max Allen, inside den in large root system, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California
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00558536 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) biologist, Max Allen, inside den in large root system, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) six month old male cub feeding on Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe carcass at night, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Lexington Reservoir County Park, California
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00558503 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) six month old male cub feeding on Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe carcass at night, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Lexington Reservoir County Park, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and six month old male cub feeding on Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe carcass at night, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Lexington Reservoir County Park, Calif...
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00558502 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and six month old male cub feeding on Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe carcass at night, Santa Cruz Puma Project, Lexington Reservoir County Park, Calif...© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe carcass covered with leaves by Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Santa Cruz Puma Project, Lexington Reservoir County Park, California
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00558501 Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe carcass covered with leaves by Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Santa Cruz Puma Project, Lexington Reservoir County Park, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female at night, Aptos, Monterey Bay, California  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00465747 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female at night, Aptos, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) wild juvenile walking at night, Aptos, Monterey Bay, California  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00448417 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) wild juvenile walking at night, Aptos, Monterey Bay, California© Sebastian Kennerknecht
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