A mountain lion was once struck and killed by means of a automobile Friday within the Santa Monica Mountains, no longer a long way from the place her mom was once killed in a 2018 crash, the Nationwide Park Provider stated.
P-54, born in 2017, was once struck round 9:30 a.m. on Las Virgenes Street between Piuma Street and Mulholland Freeway, changing into “the most recent grim statistic for regional mountain lions,” the park provider stated in an Instagram put up.
The lion can be taken to the California Animal Well being and Meals Protection Lab in San Bernardino for a complete necropsy.
She is the twenty ninth mountain lion killed by means of a automobile since 2002 within the park provider’s cougar find out about space — which incorporates the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills, Griffith Park and the Santa Susana and Verdugo mountains — together with 10 lions that were collared and tracked by means of parks officers.
Underscoring the ever present threat mountain lions face seeking to move roads and freeways within the space, P-54’s mom was once killed at the identical street in January 2018, and her son was once killed at the 405 Highway simply two months in the past.
Her mom, P-23, was once discovered useless farther south from the place P-54 was once killed, the place Las Virgenes Street turns into Malibu Canyon Street.
On the time, P-54 was once a 12 months previous and “on the early finish of when kittens generally go away their mom,” the park provider stated. P-23 was once 5½ years previous when she was once killed.
P-97, considered one of P-54’s 5 offspring born in 2020, was once struck and killed at the 405 Highway close to the Getty Heart in April.
“He was once 18 months previous and had lately dispersed from his mom, P-54,” the park provider stated.
In Might 2020, P-54 gave start to a clutter of 3 kittens, which researchers consider didn’t live to tell the tale. She gave start to P-97 and P-98 in October 2020.
P-97 was once struck and killed an afternoon sooner than paintings started on a natural world bridge over the 101 Highway in Agoura Hills geared toward encouraging protected crossings for mountain lions and different natural world which can be genetically remoted by means of the highway.
The bridge, funded by means of $87 million in donations, is anticipated to be finished in 2025.
L.A.’s mountain lions had been confined to small territories by means of the area’s roads and freeways, resulting in the lowest genetic range documented for the species excluding the seriously endangered Florida panther.
As a result of the ensuing inbreeding, automobile deaths, city encroachment and different threats, there’s a nearly 1 in 4 likelihood the cats may turn out to be extinct within the Santa Monica and Santa Ana mountains inside of 50 years, in accordance to a few fresh research.