1-year-old mountain lion killed on SoCal freeway one month after his brother died same way

But local mountain lion population has also seen two new kittens born recently

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Saturday, August 27, 2022
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Another collared mountain lion has been killed by a car on a Southern California freeway, only one month after his older brother died the same way, wildlife officials say.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Another collared mountain lion has been killed by a car on a Southern California freeway, only one month after his older brother died the same way, wildlife officials say.

The male lion known as P-90 was killed by a car on Highway 33 just south of Ojai in Ventura County on Friday morning, according to officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

P-90 was just a little over 1 year old. He was first captured and tagged at the den in July 2020, when he was estimated to be around three weeks old.

His brother, P-89, who was about two years old, was killed by a car on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills last month.

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Santa Monica Mountains officials say P-90 is the seventh tracked mountain lion to be killed on a SoCal road this year. Over the 20 years of an ongoing study, 32 have been killed by a vehicle in the area.

But the local mountain lion population also had some new additions recently.

Biologists recently visited and tagged two mountain lion kittens in a den while their mom was away. The kittens were given the identities P-107 and P-108. They were believed to be about 17 days old when the biologists visited.

Work is now underway on a wildlife crossing over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, an effort that is aimed at helping wildlife move about the region safely.

Groundbreaking held for wildlife crossing over 101 Freeway