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Biologists say cubs found in California mountains are product of inbreeding

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 4:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 4:04am

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.  

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