Three orphaned mountain lion cubs were held at Department of Fish and Wildlife offices in Rancho Cordova Monday after being found near the town of Callahan, in Siskiyou County, wandering around with no sign of their mother. The cubs are thought to be about 3 months old and typically would be raised by their mother until they were 18 months old. Too young to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild, they are bound for wildlife enclosures – the female to Kansas and the two males to Texas. Although a new state law, Senate Bill 132, takes effect in January that allows the state to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned mountain lions, these are considered too young for rehabilitation and California does not have appropriate facilities.
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