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First tracked mountain lion crosses the 405 Freeway in big moment for wildlife preservation

SEPULVEDA PASS (LA Times) — This mountain lion is one of the few in the Santa Monica Mountains. Another cougar recently crossed the 405 Freeway wearing a GPS collar. A mountain lion crossed the 405 Freeway in mid- July – the first time, according to the National Park Service, that a GPS-collared mountain lion has crossed the freeway near the Santa Monica Mountains during the course of a 17-year study by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Park Service.

The male mountain lion known as P-61 crossed the freeway in the Sepulveda Pass sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. on July 19. Researchers believe that another uncollared mountain lion has inhabited the area between the 405 and 101 freeways for the last five years.

“It will be interesting to see if P-61 stays in the area, whether he decides to challenge the uncollared lion, or if he heads back to the other side of the freeway,” said Jeff Sikich, biologist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation […]

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