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In October 2008, five hunters in Pope Valley, Calif., came across a female mountain lion and her three cubs and began shooting at them. The mother was killed, one cub was never seen again, and the two survivors were taken to the Sonoma Wildlife Rescue. One of the cubs had a broken leg that required his paw to be amputated, and the other had a minor fracture, but today both are alive and well. The hunters were charged with 22 counts of crimes, including animal cruelty, to which they pled no contest in 2010. They each paid $10,000 in restitution to cover veterinarian costs and were sentenced to 30 days of service at the wildlife center. Kyla and Kuma will remain at Sonoma Wildlife Rescue for the rest of their lives because California law prohibits releasing them into the wild once they’ve been in captivity.