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Rare Sight: Mountain Lion Sits On Deer Along Mulholland Highway

Mountain lion in Santa Monica mountains
(Photo courtesy National Park Service/US Dept. Of Interior)

LOS ANGELES ( — A mountion lion was caught on camera Thursday sitting atop a deer alongside a road in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Interior posted the photo on Twitter, which they said was taken along a remote part of Mulholland Highway in the mountains' National Recreation Area.

Since 2002, the National Park Service has monitored 22 mountain lions with GPS radio collars to study their habits and understand how human development and urbanization is impacting the large cats.

A mountain lion's home range in the Santa Monica Mountains is not significantly different from those in areas with little or no urban development, with a typical home range for adult males averaging about 200 square miles and 75 square miles for adult females, according to the National Park Service.

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