Chris Bruetsch’s home security camera captured an incredibly rare sighting of five mountain lions together, as they walked across his Pioneer, California, property earlier this month.
Typically solitary creatures, mountain lions are known to travel by themselves, which explains why this video has garnered such interest amongst scientists within the community.
According to California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira, “we shared the videos and photos with several of our wildlife biologists and none of them could recall ever seeing five mountain lions together in the same photo or video.”
One of the cats appears to be bigger than the others, and scientists have speculated that she may be the mother, and the other four are her cubs, from two different litters.
Tira told CNN affiliate KTXL that the cubs, “potentially could be two different age classes, some yearlings and maybe a 2-year-old lion that she may have had earlier.”
Bruetsch’s security footage shows the five cats as they gather on his driveway and proceed to look around the property. “I have lived at my residence for over 3 years and this is the first sighting of a mountain lion I have caught on camera,” he told Storyful.
Bruetsch believes the mountain lions may have been following a deer trail that runs alongside his property and said, “my family and I are in no way fearing for our safety. We realized as I hope all of the folks that live up country know we live in their territory not vice versa.” Credit: Chris Bruetsch via Storyful