P-12, captured here with a remote camera trap, is the only lion documented to have successfully crossed the 101 Freeway during the course of the decade-long National Park Service study.
Courtesy National Park Service
The area surrounding the Liberty Canyon exit on the 101 Freeway is an ideal location for a wildlife crossing because it has natural habitat on both sides of the freeway and connects to vast areas of open space.
Map courtesy National Park Service
Map of Liberty Canyon area.
Wildlife preservationists are alarmed by news that a young, male mountain lion was killed while trying to cross the 101 freeway near Agora Hills.
The busy freeway creates a barrier between two large areas of open space, and scientists say it's limiting the big cats' genetic pool.
For more on this we reached out to Seth Riley, a wildlife biologist who heads up a team studying mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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