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Mountain lion dies after collision with car in Santa Clarita

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Wildlife officers say they have recovered the carcass of a mountain lion that was struck by a car in a mountain pass in Santa Clarita.

The Santa Clarita Signal reports that the mountain lion was hit in the Newhall Pass on northbound Interstate 5 early Monday. Some motorists had reported seeing the animal in the area before the incident.

Officers say the male cat was between two and three years old.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife official Marty Wall says every mountain lion that officers encounter are to be tagged and logged. He says the lion killed Monday was not one that had previously been in contact with officers.

Wall says the carcass is being stored in a freezer for further study.