Cougar Killed By Vehicle On Same Road Where Her Mom Was Also Killed

A California mountain lion being tracked by biologists met a violent finish final week on the exact same highway the place her mom was killed 4 years in the past.

A automobile struck and killed the radio-collared feminine cougar generally known as P-54 on Las Virgenes Road within the Santa Monica Mountains on Friday, the National Park Service mentioned on social media.

The announcement famous that P-54 was the twenty ninth mountain lion since 2002 to be killed by a automobile within the scientists’ research space, which incorporates the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills, Santa Susana Mountains, Verdugo Mountains, and Griffith Park. Ten of the cougars killed have had radio collars.

But P-54’s dying was particularly poignant in mild of the dying of her mom, P-23, in 2018. P-23 was struck and killed by a automobile in January of that 12 months “not too far” from the place P-54 died. After her dying, animal advocates mentioned the incident illustrated the necessity for extra wildlife crossings over California’s busy highways.

P-23 crossing a highway within the Santa Monica Mountains in 2013.

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“These large cats aren’t any match for the community of roads, highways, and sprawl that we’ve constructed with little regard for his or her impacts on lions or wildlife connectivity,” Center for Biological Diversity lawyer J.P. Rose informed HuffPost on the time.

P-54 and her sibling had been a few 12 months outdated when their mom was killed, across the early facet of the interval during which mountain lion kittens usually depart their mothers and set out on their very own.

P-54 as a 4-week-old kitten in 2017.
P-54 as a 4-week-old kitten in 2017.

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Though scientists had been at first uncertain how the kittens would fare, P-54 grew up and finally grew to become a mom herself. However, her first litter of three is believed to haven’t survived previous early kittenhood, and the 2 cubs in her second litter additionally met premature deaths. One of them, generally known as P-98, was killed by wildlife wardens after attacking a baby within the yard of a Los Angeles County residence.

And two months in the past, her different cub, P-97, was killed in the identical method as his mom and grandmother, although not on the identical highway, in line with the National Park Service. A automobile fatally struck him on a freeway close to Los Angeles’ Getty Center. He was 18 months outdated.

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