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Cameras Reveal the Secret Lives of a Mountain Lion Family

Mountain lions were once thought to be solitary animals, feared and hunted by humans. New footage captured by motion-triggered cameras in secluded areas deep in the Wyoming Wind River range shows a mountain lion family and the animals' unknown social bonds. In this short documentary produced by WildFutures, we also learn about how hard it can be to be a mountain lion, as they face an increasing loss of habitat, harsh winters, trophy hunters and even predators. One cub is lost to an attack by a pack of wolves and another to trophy hunting.

Read a Q&A with the filmmaker. To learn more about mountain lions and how to help affirm their place in nature, visit http://www.thesecretlifeofmountainlions.org or follow Secret Life of Mountain lions on Twitter and Instagram.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.