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Mountain Lion Being Tracked As Part Of Research Study Struck And Killed On San Fernando Valley Freeway

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 2:15am

A mountain lion that was part of a National Park Service Study in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties was struck, and killed as it was trying to cross the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass, near the Getty Center.

The 15 month old, nearly 100 pound cat was known to researchers as P-18, and had a radio tracking device on its collar.  The accident happened sometime early Tuesday morning.

Researchers with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are studying mountain lion movement, as well as their genetics to see if inbreeding in an issue in the region.

During the last decade, biologists have used GPS devices to track 21 mountain lions, to help us learn more about the big cats.  They say one important concern is creating pathways for mountain lions, and other wildlife to get safely from chunks of their native habitat which are separated by freeways, and highways.

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