Camera trapper hits jackpot with stunning video of 4 mountain lions near L.A.

Camera trapper hits jackpot with stunning video of 4 mountain lions near L.A.

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Camera trapper hits jackpot with stunning video of 4 mountain lions near L.A.

A mother mountain lion with her three cubs are caught on a camera trapper’s motion sensor camera. Photo courtesy of © Robert Martinez of Parliament of Owls.

Robert Martinez, who is among a so-called group of camera trappers, has been searching for mountain lions in the wild since 2012, or ever since capturing “crystal clear” video of a mountain lion walking past his motion sensor video camera.

Hooked by this new hobby, Martinez sets several camera traps in likely areas visited by mountain lions in the Angeles National Forest above Glendora, some 27 miles west of Los Angeles.

He’s become quite good at it and recently hit the camera trapper jackpot when one of his cameras captured stunning video of a mountain lion mother quietly calling out to its three cubs on Sunset Ridge at sunset.

Martinez shared the video on his YouTube channel called Parliament of Owls, urging the volume be turned up to catch the mother’s callout:

“This video is definitely one of my favorites,” Martinez told USA Today.

“What you’re seeing is Limpy and her 10-month-old kittens returning to an area where I hadn’t seen them since November. So when she showed up on my video, and the sun was setting, I was really excited! I was waiting for her eventual return with her new litter.”

The video was featured in LA Observed and was subsequently shown on several Southern California television news outlets over the weekend.

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Martinez explained to USA Today that he nicknamed the mountain lion Limpy because of a limp in her rear right leg that he first noticed in 2013.

“Most of the lions I see on camera—over a dozen—I can’t identify because they don’t have any distinct characteristics, like a limp, a nick or a scar on their face,” Martinez said.

The camera trapper calls Limpy a “treasure” of the Angeles National forest for producing five healthy cougars in the last few years.

“Despite her limp, she is a symbol of survival and perseverance, able to hunt, feed and raise two litters of kittens,” Martinez wrote on Facebook. “I’m looking forward to seeing more of her and the family all throughout 2018.”

So are we.

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