Sad news. P-18, a one-year old male mountain lion born in the Santa Monica Mountains and tracked since it was three weeks old by the National Park Service lion study, was hit and killed this morning on the 405 freeway just south of the Getty Center. There are two other male mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, and a report from the NPS suggests P-18 (seen here as a kitten) may have been trying to find unoccupied open space.
“Investing in connected pieces of parkland and constructing wildlife crossings along major freeways around Los Angeles is essential for long term mountain lion survival in the Santa Monica Mountains,” said park superintendent Woody Smeck in a statement. According to the release, Caltrans is already working with numerous local, state, and federal nonprofits to identify funding sources and suitable wildlife crossing locations along the 405, 101, and 118.