Biologists say cubs found in California mountains are product of inbreeding
POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 5:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Wildlife experts say two mountain lion cubs recently born in California's Santa Monica Mountains are a product of inbreeding.
The problem may be due to isolation caused by urban development.
Officials say inbreeding occurs when a male cannot roam freely to find new mates.
Genetic tests indicate the cubs were the result of a lion that bred with it's own daughter.
Biologists have suggested building a tunnel under California's 101 Freeway that would allow mountain lions access to a greater area and larger breeding population.