Unusual proximity of so many mountain lions probably possible because of familial relationships-
Several factors probably explain how 8 cougars, very territorial animals, came together
to feed on a dead cow on a cliff near Soap Lake, Washington. The first is that it is winter. Prey are concentrated into a small area and in this case most of the cougars were probably closlely related (both indicated in the article). It isn’t know how often this happens, but it is probably uncommon.
We saw these photos about 2 weeks ago. Wish we had permission to be the first to post them.
Rare photo shows 8 cougars on game trail. “Using a camera triggered by a motion-sensor device, a hunter captured a rare sight: eight cougars huddled together on an Eastern Washington trail as if attending some big-cat block party.” By Craig Welch. Seattle Times environment reporter