Mountain lion P-89 killed on 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills

A mountain lion was beaten and killed on the 101 Freeway in the Santa Monica Mountains early Wednesday morning, less than a week after another was killed in the same area.

P-89, a 2-year-old male, was found dead on the shoulder of the 101 between the DeSoto and Winnetka exits.

He is the fourth mountain lion to die this year after being struck by a vehicle, according to a National Park Service social media post.

The young lion is the second to be killed in the Santa Monica Mountains in the past five days. On Friday, P-54 – a 5-year-old female mountain lion – was hit by a car and killed on Las Virgenes Road between Piuma Road and Mulholland Highway. The location is not far from where her mother and brother P-23 and P-97 were killed.

2021 photo of P-89, the 4th mountain lion to die of road deaths this year.

2021 photo of P-89, the 4th mountain lion to die of road deaths this year.

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The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, said P-89 was struck by a vehicle around 2 a.m

The kitten was collared in 2020 as part of the park service’s cougar study area — which includes the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills, Griffith Park, and the Santa Susana and Verdugo Mountains — after giving birth in “summer of the kittens.” had been.

Animal welfare officials say a full autopsy will be performed on P-89 in the coming days.

Tiffany Yap, a senior scientist at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement that she hopes the death of P-89 will encourage California lawmakers to enact more conservation measures for mountain lions.

“When state senators consider the Roads and Wildlife Protection Act next month, I hope they recognize the seriousness of the situation and pass the law,” Yap said.

The Safe Roads and Wildlife Protection Act, AB 2344 would require Caltrans to identify potential wildlife barriers in all future transportation projects and implement at least 10 projects that improve wildlife crossings.

The bill is expected to be heard before the California Senate Appropriations Committee in August.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-20/mountain-lion-p-89-killed-on-101-freeway-in-woodland-hills Mountain lion P-89 killed on 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills

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