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Video: 3 mountain lions prowling together

A Tucson big game guide captured video of three mountain lions on the prowl in northern Mexico last month. Chipper Beiner was scouting an area just south of Bisbee and shot this video from about 1,250 yards away.

Beiner was scouting for Coues deer and "spotted a lone lion moving along a rock slide," he said.

"The lion met up with another lion and they started grooming each other. After a few minutes they separated by about 50 yards and laid down. At this point I thought I was watching a male and female because they both appeared to be adults," he said via email.

"After 10-15 minutes they both got up and started moving horizontally on the mountain towards a ridge line," Beiner said. "Almost immediately a third lion joined in with them."

"I was able to observe them for about 20 minutes as they traveled down the ridge in and out of view," he said.

"The trio moved stealthily and playfully down the mountain," he wrote on Youtube. "It was really cool to see three large cats moving together. I've seen lions together before but never three that were so close in size."

Beiner has seen 28 mountain lions in the wild — seven of them in January of this year, he said.

Beiner shot the video through a spotting scope, he said.

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