Mountain lion found dead on 101 Fwy in Agoura Hills, near construction site of wildlife crossing

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Sunday, June 16, 2024
Mountain lion found dead on 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills area
The grim discovery was made shortly before 5 a.m. in the slow lane on the southbound side of the freeway, near Liberty Canyon Road, according to a CHP incident log.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- A mountain lion was found dead early Saturday in a traffic lane on the 101 Freeway in the Agoura Hills area, less than half a mile from the construction site of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, the California Highway Patrol said.

The grim discovery was made shortly before 5 a.m. in the slow lane on the southbound side of the freeway, near Liberty Canyon Road, according to a CHP incident log.

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A mountain lion was found dead in a traffic lane on the 101 Freeway in the Agoura Hills area, less than half a mile from the construction site of a wildlife crossing.
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The deceased animal's body was moved to the right shoulder, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel were summoned to the scene, the Highway Patrol said. Whether the uncollared mountain lion had been struck by a vehicle was not immediately confirmed.

Late last month, surveillance video captured a large cougar prowling the backyard of a nearby home in Agoura Hills.

"I was 50% 'This is the most beautiful animal I've ever seen in my life' and 50% terrified," resident Peggy McClintick told ABC7 on May 29. It was unclear if the same mountain lion was found on the 101 Freeway Saturday.

It was both a beautiful and frightening sight for an Agoura Hills couple: a massive mountain lion visiting their backyard.

After weeks of overnight lane closures, the wildlife crossing project reached a construction milestone last month when its final girder was installed.

Installation of the girders began on April 15, starting on the southbound side of the freeway. At the beginning of May, the work shifted to the northbound side.

Construction on the overpass began in 2022, and it is expected to be completed by late 2025 or early 2026.