Wildlife officials say a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire has given birth to four kittens.

Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Friday that biologists recently found the bobcat’s den in dense vegetation in a large residential backyard in Thousand Oaks.

While their mother was away, the biologists weighed, measured and tagged one male and three female kittens.

This Aptil 9, 2019 photo provided by the National Park Service shows four kittens born to a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire, in a large residential backyard in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Ana Beatriz Cholo/National Park Service via AP)
This Aptil 9, 2019 photo provided by the National Park Service shows four kittens born to a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire, in a large residential backyard in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Ana Beatriz Cholo/National Park Service via AP)

Their mother, B-362, was tagged the day before the start of last year’s Woolsey Fire, which destroyed 1,600 structures and left three people dead.

Biologist Joanne Moriarty says in a statement that it’s been a stressful time for wildlife, “but we’re happy to see her thriving.”

Another female bobcat being studied has remained in the burn area but hasn’t reproduced.

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