Environment & Science

A second mountain lion crosses the 101 Freeway

Researchers have been tracking P-32, pictured above, since he was four weeks old. He was outfitted with a GPS tracking collar in December 2014.
Researchers have been tracking P-32, pictured above, since he was four weeks old. He was outfitted with a GPS tracking collar in December 2014.
National Park Service

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A male mountain lion known as P-32 became the second big cat in less than a month to cross the 101 Freeway.

P-32 made the journey early morning on April 3, a few weeks after his sister, P-33, crossed the same freeway.

But unlike his sister, P-32 also ventured across Route 23. 

“Route 23 is about six lanes wide. That’s no small feat,” said National Park Service spokesperson Kate Kuykendall. “P-32 kept going and he’s currently spending some time in the Simi Hills area, north of the 101 Freeway.”

Kukendall added, “It’s great to cross the 101 Freeway, but the larger goal for a female is to find some new breeding opportunities, and P-33 has not successfully crossed state Route 23… In terms of increasing her breeding opportunities, she might want to go somewhere where there's a little bit more habitat.”

Before the recent crossings, scientists at the National Park Service had only reported one successful crossing of the 101 Freeway since 2002, when they started studying mountain lions in and around the Santa Monica Mountains to see how the animals survive in an increasingly urbanized area.